John Corabi Remembers Time in Mötley Crüe: “I’m Grateful for the Opportunity They Gave Me”


Replacing Vince Neil in Mötley Crüe in 1992 wasn’t an easy task, so the odds were already stacked against singer John Corabi when he joined the band. He released one album, the 1994 self-titled, with Mötley Crüe and was replaced by Neil returning to the fold in 1997.

When speaking to Rockin’ Metal Revival, he was asked if it bothers him to answer questions about Mötley Crüe twenty-five to thirty years after the fact.

“It doesn’t bother me because, look, at the end of the day, I do realize, first of all, I’m grateful for the opportunity that they gave me. I also realize, too, that having been a part of that has actually given me, you know, I don’t wanna say ‘longevity’ because I’ve been productive. But it’s just kind of kept me afloat. I can’t even say that. Maybe ‘longevity’ would be the word; it’s given me some longevity or some credibility, whatever.”

Corabi also shared his frustration about his opinions being turned into clickbait, like we’re doing right now.

“The other thing that irritates me is I get asked questions about that and I give honest answers, or my opinion anyway, and it winds up becoming clickbait on — God — every web site ever. And then it’s funny — you see these comments from the fans and it kind of irritates me because I’ve done this in the past where I said, ‘You know what? I don’t wanna talk about that.’ And immediately all the comments after they wrote on all the clickbait channels, it was, like, ‘Oh, John Corabi doesn’t wanna talk about Mötley Crüe anymore.’ And all these comments are, like, ‘Oh, my God. What an ungrateful bastard. They gave him the opportunity of a lifetime.’ But then, if I do talk about it and somebody asks me [for my] opinion and I give it, they’re, like, ‘Oh my God. Doesn’t that guy have anything better to do? He’s still talking about Mötley Crüe 26 years later.’”

As a reminder, Corabi was the first person to sound the alarm about the conditions around Mick Mars‘ retirement last year.

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