John Corabi Doesn’t Want To Be A Reminder To Vince Neil That He Got Fired From Mötley Crüe
John Corabi, who replaced Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil as a lead singer in the band between 1992 and 1996, recently talked about his time with the band. In the interview, he stated that he never wants to return to the band even if he is given the chance because he doesn’t want to remind Vince Neil or the other members that Neil was fired.
In 1992, at the peak of their career as a band, Mötley Crüe fired Vince Neil because they thought that he was holding the band back from more success. Neil had a drinking problem and wouldn’t put in much effort to make it to rehearsals or the creative process of music. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx argued with Neil and got fired.
Their last album together, ‘Decade of Decadence 81-91,’ was so successful that it was hard for the band to produce something that would beat that success. However, they hired John Corabi and started to work on ‘Generation Swine.’ This period was tough on the band because their label refused to pay them to create the album unless Neil joined the band. The fans had also become uninterested in Mötley Crüe without Vince Neil.
Sixx obeyed the ultimatum and brought Neil back to the band, but Corabi had already contributed to the upcoming album ‘Generation Swine.’ In his interview, Corabi stated that he doesn’t regret joining the band but he would never go back to them even if he was given the chance. If he did, it would only be a reminder to Neil and the rest of the members that they went through a hard time. Especially Neil would be reminded of how he got fired before which would probably hold them back from syncing together again. The fans and the public were looking for Mötley Crüe and not Corabi with the band. The singer stated that he respects that more than anything.
Here is what Corabi stated when he was asked if he would go back:
“Nope. Only for the simple reason – and again, this is my personal thought, I would’ve been a daily reminder to Vince that he got fired, and I would’ve been a daily reminder to the other three guys, so there’s no way it would’ve worked. And to be honest with you, when they told me that Vince was back, as much as I was bummed that it wasn’t moving forward, I was also relieved because doing that, what became the ‘Generation Swine’ record, was a fucking nightmare.
So as much as I was bummed, I was relieved, and Vince still asks me, ‘Hey, man, would you ever go back?’ No. Absolutely fucking not. No fucking way. Not going to happen. So it’s, honestly, the fans that are holding onto something more than I am. I’m proud of the record, I’m proud of my time with the guys, but the minute they said, ‘Vince is back,’ I let go of it, and I started moving on with Union and whatever.”
He was okay with Neil’s return because it was more important to please the fans than anything else. Perhaps if they had performed under a different name than Mötley Crüe, the fans would still be interested but jumping in suddenly on their nostalgia apparently backfired.