Former MÖTLEY CRÜE and current THE DEAD DAISIES vocalist John Corabi was recently interviewed by Psycho Babble. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):
On whether he released “Live ’94: One Night In Nashville”, in which his solo band performs MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s self-titled 1994 album in its entirety, for himself or for his fans:
John: “Maybe a little bit of both. I was on tour with my solo band, and it was so random — we did a gig, and somebody in the audience yelled up, ‘Happy anniversary!’ I’m just sitting there in my brain going, ‘What the fuck?’ I go on the mic [and say], ‘What are you talking about?’ This girl yelled up, ‘Today, 20 years ago, your MÖTLEY record came out.’ I had no idea. I didn’t realize it, and shortly after, my manager came to me and he said, ‘Listen, man. I don’t know how you feel about this, but I think for the fans, because MÖTLEY didn’t really tour extensively in the States’ — it’s common knowledge that the record and the tour didn’t do that well — he said, ‘I think it would be cool if you talked to the guys in your band and go out and do that record in its entirety live.’ I was a bit apprehensive about it, but I talked to the guys in my band, and they were like, ‘Yes. Let’s do it.’ We went out and we did a bunch of shows. That was 2014. It kind of carried on into ’15. I was like, ‘All right, let’s knock this on the head.’ I felt bad, [because] I actually did want to take it to places like Japan [and] Europe, and I just never got the chance, so I said, ‘You know what? Let’s just do one recording, one show, knock it out, and at least it’s there for posterity.’ If anybody didn’t get to see it, they can at least hear it [and] close their eyes and be there for a minute.”
On coming to peace with his MÖTLEY past:
John: “I kind of look at things from a very common-sense point of view. I’ve always been kind of an under-the-radar guy, even when I was in the band. I was more content hanging out with the crew guys and the sound guys than all the other crazy insanity shit that used to go on. Leaving the band actually taught me a very good lesson — everything in the music industry is incredibly fleeting, so I don’t really take myself all that serious. I try to have fun, and at the end of the day, success is measured by the person that’s measuring it. I may not have Steven Tyler‘s bank account, or Nikki Sixx‘s for that matter, but I’m still here 30-some years later playing music, traveling the world. I’m taking care of myself and my family, and life is good.”
On whether he considers “Rise Up”, the first single from THE DEAD DAISIES‘ new album “Burn It Down”, to be a protest song:
John: “It’s a bit, yeah, but without being… I love giving you my opinion, but I don’t like taking sides. It’s non-specific. Nothing irritates me more than going to see an artist and paying all this money and then have them rant about very specific political opinions. I think the thing with ‘Rise Up’, something that really does bug me, is that America has become very divided. You’re either — and I’m using Facebook and Instagram and Twitter terms — an idiot conservative or a fucking asshole liberal snowflake, or libtard. It irritates me when I look at things, and I just sit there and I go, ‘All these people are bickering with each other over an opinion or a viewpoint.’ I’m not taking sides, but the one thing that I’m trying to express to everybody is that you’re never going to resolve any disagreement or any argument if you start the argument with an insult. The other thing is, I think people tend to forget [that] whether you are conservative or liberal, all of those people that are in Washington — not just the President, all of them — have corporations and lobbyists in their back pocket. They’re making tons of money. You’re not; I’m not. We’re giving them more money with our taxes [and] we’re not getting anything back for it. When I say ‘Rise up,’ I’m just like, ‘You know, why don’t we stop arguing with each other and start holding everybody on both sides of the political spectrum accountable.’ I think if you asked any conservative or asked any liberal what they want out of life, I think everybody wants to just be comfortable; they want to be able to take care of their family; not get choked on taxes; not get choked on anything to do with your health; and just put a little money away for retirement, and occasionally take the wife and kids on a vacation. I think ultimately, we all want the [same] thing — just to be happy. That’s one of the things I talk about in my acoustic set — I say, ‘I know that there are lots of people here tonight that are on opposite ends of the spectrum politically. The thing that’s amazing about music is we can all come together for an hour, two hours, and get along.'”
On February 16, Corabi released a live album of his performance of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s entire 1994 self-titled album, recorded on October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. “Live ’94: One Night In Nashville” documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track “10,000 Miles”, which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the “Quaternary” EP.
THE DEAD DAISIES will release their new album, “Burn It Down”, on April 6 via Spitfire Music/SPV.