The replacement of the original Mötley Crüe singer, John Corabi, had a recent conversation with Lee of Guitar Wishes and opened up about the things in his career telling an untold conversation he had with Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx.
John Corabi is mostly known as the former lead singer of The Scream and Mötley Crüe. After Vince Neil was fired by Crüe in 1992, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx decided to hire Corabi since he’s able to sing everything at all. He recorded the self-titled album of the band and ‘Quaternary EP’ in 1994.
After working with Crüe for five years, Corabi had to part ways with the band since the record label refused to pay them unless Vince Neil was let back. After his departure in 1997, his name was credited as the songwriter on Mötley Crüe’s seventh studio album named ‘Generation Swine.’
In the conversation he had with Guitar Wishes, John put his thirty-year-long career on the table and shared his experiences in the music scene. Corabi noted that his former bandmates Tommy and Nikki tried to warn him about being careful about his friends since he was having more and more money after joining Crüe.
Corabi admitted that he did not want to hear the recommendation of his bandmates first. But later on, he began to see that every single person around him is changing after he’s getting more fame and money and started asking for luxury stuff like Limousine or tickets for their upcoming gigs.
Corabi revealed the story saying:
“When money comes to play, in between a relationship, when money becomes whatever, you really find out who your friends are. People, you can be great friends with ’em, but ‘it’s just business,’ is the line you hear all the time.
I did a few things early on in my career with contracts and different things, thinking, ‘We’re bros, man. They’ll never screw me over,’ just assuming that everybody would look at it the way I look at it. People don’t. And that’s something that I had to learn. The other thing I had to learn was when I was in Mötley, there was a lot of people — and Tommy and Nikki told n the very beginning that this was gonna happen.
And I was, like, ‘Nah, nah, nah. Not my friends.’ [They told me], ‘You’re gonna find out people treat you differently because of the situation you’re in.’ And at first I didn’t think it would happen. And then I really kind of realized, ‘Oh, I’m still the same guy. Everybody else around me is changing.’ Everybody started calling me, ‘Hey, dude, can you lend me five grand?’ ‘Hey, dude, can you get a limo and get us tickets for the Tesla show?’ ‘Hey, dude, can you…?’
And then as soon as it was over, it was like crickets. But I had a few very tight little circle of friends that were with me before Mötle, during Mötley and after Mötley. . And then I went, ‘Ah, okay.’ So I would tell myself, ‘Listen, you’re gonna get this Mötleygig. Everybody else is a clinger. Those little batch of friends that you’ve got there, those five or six people that aren’t ever gonna be afraid to tell you, ‘You’re an asshole…’ Whatever.”
You can watch the full conversation below.