Short-Lived Mötley Crüe Singer John Corabi Thought He Was "Gonna Be There Forever"

16 July 2016 | 2:21 pm | Bryget Chrisfield

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One-time Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi has admitted he was "naive" about the time he spent fronting the hard rock giants.

Currently promoting a new album for his latest band project The Dead Daisies, Corabi admits to having mixed feelings about his five and a half years as Vince Neil’s replacement in Motley Crue. “It’s funny, I mean, the story played out the way it played out...  I was a bit naive." 

In an interview with, Corabi revealed, "I thought I was gonna be there forever, you know what I mean?

“Whatever – it played out the way it played out, it’s alright.” Corabi now regards his time with Mötley Crüe as one of the “stepping stones” that led him to where he is right now, adding, “I’m very proud of the record [Mötley Crüe]”.

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"A lot of fans think that [Vince] and I should hate each other or we do hate each other."

The band’s eponymous sixth studio album (1994) is the only one to feature Corabi, but he’s also credited for a couple of song/lyrical co-writes on its follow-up, Generation Swine (for which Neil was reinstated midway through recording sessions). “It’s funny, Vince and I were just talkin’ about it a couple of weeks ago and, you know, we were kind of baffled over the fact that a lot of fans think that him and I should hate each other or we do hate each other.

"It couldn’t be farther from the truth, you know? Like, I’ve met Vince before and he’s been nothing but absolutely cordial to me, he’s always been friendly. He even said, he goes, ‘I so wanted to dislike you, but I met you and I’m like, ‘Nah, you know what? You’re just a good dude,’ you know what I mean? Um, and we were laughin’ about it... I even said it to him, I’m like, ‘Look, dude, you know, I was just grateful to take your place. I had nothing to do with you leaving or coming back, I took your place and the one thing: I can go to my grave – there was only two singers in Motley [laughs].”

Corabi celebrated 20 years since the release of said album by performing it in full with his solo band at a bunch of Stateside shows. Corabi’s Nashville, Tennessee performance was actually documented for an upcoming live audio and DVD release.  

Motley Crue didn’t include any material from Mötley Crüe in their setlists during The Final Tour, which ran from 2 Jul 2014 to 31 Dec 2015. Wanna check?  

Head to to view a pay-per-play digital stream of Mötley Crüe: The End.

The Dead Daisies' Make Some Noise album drops on 5 August.

Mötley Crüe: The End trailer