The co-founder and drummer of Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee has reminisced about the band’s John Corabi era, comparing him with the current frontman, Vince Neil, and admitted that the 1994 self-titled album is one of his favorite records of all time.
During his recent conversation on The Riff Crew, Crüe icon, Tommy Lee, has recalled the period when the band parted ways with lead singer Vince Neil in February 1992. He opened up about the eponymous sixth studio album of Mötley Crüe, which the band recorded during Neil’s hiatus, with Corabi, who was the frontman of Crüe between 1992 and 1996.
Lee admitted that he still listens back ‘Mötley Crüe,’ which he described as a really great record. He also revealed the fact that the band tried to perform some material from this album live, yet, it was hard for Vince to sing what somebody else sang.
As you might know, in 1992, when Corabi was hired as Vince Neil’s replacement, the bassist, Nikki Sixx, and drummer, Tommy Lee, stated that John Corabi was capable of singing anything and everything and that was the reason they chose him.
Corabi recorded the self-titled ‘Mötley Crüe’ album in 1994 and the EP ‘Quaternary.’ Though the music was heavier and more elaborate than the rest of the Mötley Crüe catalog, it did not sell as well as previous releases from the band.
Before a concert in Tucson, Arizona which had a 15,000 seat capacity, only 4,000 tickets were sold, Nikki Sixx decided to call into a Tucson area radio station and offer any fan who showed up free tickets. When only two people took Sixx up on his offer, Sixx stated he knew this version of the band was finished.
During the early stages of the writing of a new album that would become ‘Generation Swine,’ Mötley Crüe’s record label refused to provide funds to record the album unless Vince Neil was let back in the band. Rather than hiring another label, Crüe acceded to the demand and by 1997, Corabi departed the band and Neil returned.
Here’s what Tommy Lee said during the interview about the band’s self-titled album and the Corabi era:
“The sounds on that record, dude. I still listen back and go, ‘My God! Fuck!’ And it is one of my favorite albums too. I’m with Mick Mars on that one [who said ‘Motley Crue’ is one of his favorites].
Fu*k, what a great record – really, really great record. The songs, the sound…
Would Motley Crue ever perform any material from this album live, with Vince Neil on vocals?
We’ve tried, trust me. And I get it – it’s hard for somebody to sing what somebody else sang. I get that. It would be like, I guess, doing a cover – singing other people’s shit. I don’t know. I get it. That’s a tough one.”
You can check out the whole conversation below.