John Corabi, former lead singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE, has commented on the band’s decision to call it quits after one last show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world.
“You know, more power to those guys,” Corabi told rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon (see video below). “I mean, at the end of the day, they made a decision to — for lack of a better term — go out on top. They were still drawing huge crowds, and I think that tour was one of the bigger tours this year… or last year. So I wish them the best of luck.”
Corabi, who has been recording and touring with the supergroup THE DEAD DAISIES for most of the past couple of years, added: “I know Mick [Mars, guitar] is doing a solo record; Tommy [Lee, drums] is doing stuff; Vince [Neil, vocals] is out touring. I just saw Vince right before we [THE DEAD DAISIES] started this tour; I did a festival in Nashville with my [solo] band, and Vince and I were hanging out. We’re fine, you know what I mean? But they decided, ‘Okay, we’ve done enough. We don’t wanna do this anymore.’ They’re probably still gonna record together and do different things together. But they went out on top, man. And I think they’re gonna be one of those bands — I don’t know when, or how long it’ll take — but I would imagine they’re gonna definitely be one of the bands that gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. So I wish them the best of luck.”
Corabi, who joined CRÜE in 1992 as the replacement for Neil, recently said that he would avoid talking about the band in the future because he didn’t want his comments about CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx to descend into a feud.
In an interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, Sixx said that writing the ‘Mötley Crüe’ LP with Corabi was a prolonged and difficult experience. He went to call it “a very unfocused record” that was “painful for me, because John Corabi can’t write lyrics, and I had to do all that work.”
Corabi initially responded to Sixx‘s comments by saying that he didn’t “give a shit” about what his ex-bandmate had to say, but later told an interviewer, when asked about it again, “I have no idea why Nikki feels that I’m the biggest piece of shit to roam the Earth.” He then proceeded to take to his Facebook page to claim that he would “officially have nothing to say about any member of MÖTLEY CRÜE ever again,” adding that he was “not backing this bullshit stirring that is happening to start a feud.”
Released in 1994, ‘Mötley Crüe’ ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 placing on the album chart.
Corabi is planning to release a live album and DVD of his performance of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s entire 1994 album, recorded last year in Nashville, Tennessee.