Mick Mars On Why He’s Been Withholding The Song Featuring John Corabi

In a recent chat on ‘Chris Akin Presents…,’ Mick Mars explained the possibility of releasing songs he recorded seven years ago with John Corabi. Fans have been curious about these tracks since their creation.

Mars and Corabi collaborated in 2015, resulting in two tracks, ‘Gimme Blood’ and ‘Shake The Cage.’ Despite releasing teasers in 2016, these songs were not included in Mars’ debut solo album. About another possible use of them, the guitarist said:

“There’s maybe one song if I redid it. It’s ‘Gimme Blood,’ which would be perfect for, like, say, wrestling… But right now, I’m just gonna kind of leave them where they are. And one day, if I decide to [go], like, ‘Let’s dig this one up and see what we can do with it.’ But right now, I’m on a whole different kind of a way of thinking, I guess.”

Why Were The Tracks Discarded?

Corabi himself expressed uncertainty about the fate of his collaboration with Mars during a Facebook livestream in 2021. Adding to that, speaking to ‘Trunk Nation’ in October, the former Mötley Crüe member shed light on why the Nashville-recorded songs weren’t on the album by saying:

“I felt the songs were just a little — not strong enough. And there is a certain person that kind of interfered with that. And I’m not gonna say his name, but he kind of like messed some things up. The songs were wrong, parts in there that shouldn’t be there, and blah blah blah. It isn’t a long story, but it was kind of like, ‘That ain’t gonna fly.’ So I shelved it.”

Confirming that a third party caused the problem, he continued:

“[I was] kind of duped — that’s all I have to say — by a third party. And that’s it. That’s all. I got rid of him and went on and searched for other people.”

The Guitarist Worked With Someone Else

Mars featured Jacob Bunton as the vocalist in ‘The Other Side Of Mars,’ set for a February 23 release, instead of Corabi. He explained why his former Mötley Crüe bandmate didn’t appear in the upcoming record in an interview with Igor Miranda YouTube channel last month:

“[John] was doing… I really wanted him to sing on it, but I know he was busy with Dead Daisies and doing these other things. I don’t know… He was kind of, like, not adamant, but kind of unsure.”

Referring to the singer’s only album with the Crüe, he added:

“John is a good friend of mine, and we both kind of decided that [we should] not repeat the ’94 album. Yeah, that kind of thing. I think we made the right choice to have him not to sing, even though he’s got an incredible voice.”

Bunton previously worked with Mars Electric and Lynam. Before the Mötley Crüe guitarist, he collaborated with names like Guns N’ Roses’ Steven Adler and Cindirella’s Tom Keifer.