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John Corabi Says Ongoing Beef Between Mötley Crüe and Mick Mars ‘Was Inevitable’


It’s been roughly 26 years since he was a member of Mötley Crüe, but vocalist John Corabi still gets asked to comment on whatever shitstorm of the week’s been swirling around them. After recent events have seen the band deal with a major lineup change, a lawsuit from their former guitarist over that lineup change, and whatever the fuck Vince Neil thinks counts as singing these days, there’s been plenty to talk about.

Such was the case during a recent interview with the Sofa King Cool Magazine (transcribed by Blabbermouth), in which Corabi attempted to remain as diplomatic as possible while still commenting on the ongoing public fight between his former bandmates. When asked whether he was surprised any of this was even going on, he simply responded: “Nope. No. Not at all.”

“I caught a lot of flak of this. And to be honest, I don’t really wanna get into Mick’s business or Mötley’s business; it’s not my place. I don’t know why. I caught some flak for this when I was in Europe. I was over there in November and December doing some acoustic shows, and I did a book signing in London — it was like a Q&A book-singing thing — and a fan asked me about the press release that had just come out about Mick not touring with them on the rest of this tour. And all I said was, ‘That’s a statement that’s been prepared by Mötley and their management. I haven’t heard anything from Mick. And until Mick speaks, I have nothing to say about this. But I’m not necessarily agreeing with what I’m hearing.’

“So, to me, this was just something that was inevitable. It’s unfortunate, but it was inevitable. So… c’est la vie.”

For those that don’t quite remember, Mick Mars announced his retirement from touring with Mötley Crüe last October. Rumors of his impending departure had been circulating for a while, as did the rumor that John 5 (then Rob Zombie’s guitarist) was going to take his place. Eventually, that all came to pass and the band moved forward with a new tour and plans to record new music.

Then came the lawsuit in which Mars said he had been screwed by his former bandmates, while also making sure to air some dirty laundry regarding backing tracks. Nikki Sixx took to social media to bash Mars’ accusations and now it’s a war of words between the two camps while Carmine Appice weighs in from time to time.

It’s a mess.

Corabi was also asked whether he’d seen any footage of John 5 with Mötley Crüe. And while he doesn’t say anything positive or negative about today’s iteration of the band, he simply says he’s happy everyone’s back on stage and working after the hardship that was COVID-19 lockdowns.

“I’ve seen a few videos… Honestly, dude, and I don’t mean this as a slight or disrespect or anything to Mötley, I don’t care. I really don’t. Right now, we had three years of COVID. I’m happy everybody’s back to work. I’m happy Mötley’s back out on the road. I know their tour with Def Leppard here in the States was highly successful. I wish them nothing but the best. I wish Mick the best. But that’s between them, man.”

You can check out the full interview with Corabi in the video below.

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