JOHN CORABI (MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE SCREAM, UNION) played back to back shows in Toronto on December 13th and 14th. While in Canada, Corabi sat down with Decibel Geek writer Wally Norton for an in depth interview; an excerpt follows:
I understand your son has followed your musical footsteps, playing drums.
Corabi: "My son is actually going to be the drummer in my band. Yeah he went and toured and he came to Nashville. He had some issues and demons he was dealing with and he asked me if he could come out, so we got him sorted out and he basically just said 'I have always just wanted to be in a band with you'. I said all right, fuck let's do it but 'do the fucking homework'. Tommy Lee parts aren't easy, if you don't learn your parts then we will have an issue but it's very cool."
(photo by Tom Linden)
So as we close out another year, what's in store for John Corabi in 2014.
Corabi: "Well we are going to do the new record. To be honest with you there is a couple of things I would like to do next year. One is, I would love to help Mick Mars do a record. His own solo thing and the other is to do my record. I can't say it will happen but Mick and I have been talking and I think from a fan point of view for him, like obviously I have sort of an inside perspective of what goes on within Motley but one of the things that have always struck me about Mick is that he's the nicest guy on the planet. He's always the one that ends up, because he runs on emotion and he'll do something nice for someone and then they turn around and fuck him and I hate that. One of the things I can honestly say is that Mick Mars on the Motley stuff, writes these great solos, very memorable and you can hum them but when I saw Mick at home and his roots and influences and I was like wow, this guy is so much deeper than what people see with Motley.
So I told him, I don't know if it would work or not but I said Mick, you have always been an under-rated guitar player. I think if you were going to do a record, you should do something that is a complete departure from anything you have done in Motley. You can tell me to go fuck myself or whatever but I would love to hear you do a blues record, just Mick Mars ripping the blues. I told him if there is anything I can do, if he wants me to help write with him or sing on it, anything and I will help him any way I can. Have some guests come in, maybe talk to a guy like SLASH or get GLENN HUGHES to come in and I live in Nashville so I have access like STEVE CROPPER or AUDLEY FREED who played with THE BLACK CROWES and all these guys would love to help you do this. So I am kinda poking at him and if he wants to do it, I am fucking in with both feet. I will do anything to help Mick Mars, I think he is a fucking god and he never gets the credit he deserves."
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