Former Mötley Crüe Singer Names Two Things He Did Better Than Vince Neil, Recalls How Other Members Reacted

In a new interview for Ultimate Guitar, vocalist John Corabi looked back on his brief work with Mötley Crüe. Being a member for a few years in the 1990s, Corabi recorded one album with the band, the self-titled record released in 1994. When reminded of how different of a singer he was compared to Vince Neil and asked what his expectations were when getting in, Corabi replied:

“I’m not sure what they were hoping for, but I didn’t really care; I just sang the way I sang. I can’t change how I sound vocally, and I am definitely not Vince Neil, so I just went in and did my thing.

Motley Crue live performing Dr.Feelgood in 1994 with Corabi

“But the thing that they were blown away about was that I could play guitar and that I could contribute writing-wise, which Vince doesn’t really do on the same level I did. But as far as how Vince sang or what he did, I didn’t think about it. I went with the flow and just did what I did for better or worse.”

Going further into it, Corabi was also reminded that some viewed this self-titled album as a “grunge record” in a way. When asked whether this was factored into the change in the band’s sound, he replied:

“Well, the sound of Mötley Crüe is very different, for sure. But none of us really thought that way; it was just what we came up with naturally. We were literally sitting in the room and jamming, and that’s how it came out.”

Mötley Crüe-Hooligan's Holiday

“I do think that the extra guitar and my sensibilities altered things. But how could they not? The record was kind of interesting because we had a blast doing it. Bob Rock came in to produce, and we recorded up in Vancouver, and it was nothing but a good time.”

“We loved the songs as we were writing and recording them, and we loved them after the album was released, too. The only thing that was maybe a bit tedious during the recording was the fact that not everybody in the band was what you would call sober.”

Photos: Frank Schwichtenberg (The Dead Daisies – Hamburg Harley Days 2017 17), Andreas Lawen, Fotandi (Vince Neil – Wacken Open Air 2018-1580)

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