Former MÖTLEY CRÜE and current THE DEAD DAISIES vocalist John Corabi was recently interviewed by the Impact metal channel. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the lyrics of THE DEAD DAISIES‘ song “Resurrected”:
John: “I think with MÖTLEY CRÜE, a lot of people wrote me off when Vince [Neil] came back. For me, ‘Resurrected’ is just like I’m saying, ‘I’m still here; I’m still having fun; and I’m still going.’ I think that one probably lyrically is my favorite [new song].”
On the song from his catalog that means the most:
John: “I could probably tell you if you picked any song in my entire catalog, all the way back to THE SCREAM, MÖTLEY, UNION, now with THE DAISIES, pretty much any song, I could probably tell you why I wrote it, what I was thinking when I wrote it. I think the one that resonates the most with a lot of people is from THE SCREAM album — ‘Father, Mother, Son’. It’s a slow song, but a lot of people write to me and say, ‘Oh, my father passed away,’ or, ‘My mother passed away,’ and that song is for some reason, it resonates with a lot of different people. That one is probably the one that I get the most response from.”
On fan adulation:
John: “It’s still odd to me, because I’m still a music fan myself. When fans come to me and they say, ‘You’re my favorite singer in rock music,’ and I go, ‘What about Steven Tyler?’ ‘No, I like you better.’ ‘What about Robert Plant?’ ‘I like you better.’ That’s kind of weird to me, because I’m like, ‘No, dude — Steven Tyler and Robert Plant are gods.’ It’s weird for me as a fan to have a fan tell me that I’m their favorite singer. It’s still a little awkward for me. I love to hear it, but I don’t know how to respond to it. It’s a very awkward thing to interpret what somebody else sees in me.”
On the “most inspirational” people in his life:
John: “I would have to say my wife and my son, because they keep me grounded. I’m out here acting like a rock star, and then I go home, and my wife says, ‘Take out the trash.’ It makes you go, ‘Okay, I’m home. Now, back to normal.’ I have a great relationship with my son. He calls me every day. He’s kind of figuring life out, and he’ll ask me for advice, and I go out of rock star mode into dad mode and try to help him figure out his life. As far as music goes, I would have to say Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and Steven Tyler. I love those three. I think those three are probably the biggest influences on how I think about music.”
On what he hopes to teach his son, who drums in his solo band:
John: “Nothing is easy. He gets very frustrated sometimes because — and it’s very easy to do — you’re on a course to do something, and you get a roadblock. It’s very easy to stop and turn around and go back, or go in a different direction. If someone puts a wall in front of you, sometimes you just have to borrow a sledgehammer and break the wall down, and just keep going. The main thing I tell him is, life is not easy; you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s okay, as long as you learn from them. Do your thing; don’t be put off; don’t get distracted; work hard; and everything you want, you will have.”
On whether he plans to write any music with his son:
John: “We’re going to. I have some time off next year, so I’m going to try and do some shows with my [solo] band and start recording a new solo album. We’ll see. My son’s really very creative. He’s a great drummer; he’s got a very creative mind. I’ve seen some lyrics he’s written, and it’s actually pretty good, but it tends to get a little dark. I like trying to find the happy endings in everything. I would love to write a song with him. It’d be awesome.”
On wanting to write for other artists:
John: “At some point, I know that I’m not going to be able to continue to play this kind of schedule, where you’re singing every day. I know I’m not going to be able to do it forever, so I would love to be able to sit down, write music and record it myself, and just send it out to different publishing companies — ‘Here’s some songs; if you know anyone who needs a song, check these out.'”
On his guiding beliefs:
John: “I believe in treating people the same way you would want them to treat you. I know sometimes war, it’s a necessary evil, but I don’t believe in it. I believe in spirituality, but I don’t believe in organized religions, because I think they’re all just money-grubbing… most of the people that go to church to pray are in need of something, and the church takes their money. Most churches — maybe not all; I can’t speak for all churches. I believe in being kind to people, and being a good person. If everybody was kind to each other, the world would be a better place.”
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 released their new album, “Burn It Down”, on April 6 via Spitfire Music/SPV.