Mick Mars’ Reaction To James LaBrie Singing Kickstart My Heart
Dream Theater’s James LaBrie and his son’s band Falset recently released a cover of Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart’ and received praise from the Crüe guitarist Mick Mars.
James LaBrie has been the frontman of Dream Theater since he replaced its original singer Charlie Dominici. His son Chance LaBrie also formed the band Falset recently and released their debut album ‘We Follow or Lead the Way’ in October 2020. In June 2021, the father and son collaborated to release the cover of Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart my Heart.’
James spoke about this cover in a recent interview with Kyle Meredith and explained the process of how they decided to cover and release it. The singer had been in the band Shock Candy when he was young, and they covered a lot of Mötley Crüe.
When his son proposed to him to collaborate to release a cover, the singer couldn’t say no as he loved Mötley Crüe and was experienced in singing their songs. The singer continued to praise Nikki Sixx’s talents and called him a brilliant musician before explaining that he did the recording of his vocals in his studio at his house.
Here is the story:
“My son, he’s in Falset. They came up to me. Chance and the guitar player Zach, who also is the singer in the band, they just said, ‘Hey, would you be willing to sing on this track?’ Because I used to be in a band back in the 80s called Shock Candy, and we used to cover a lot of Mötley Crüe.
I’ve always thought Nikki Sixx is a brilliant freakin’ musician, and writer and I did love Mötley Crüe. So, anyway, they knew about that, and they said, ‘You have a history. You sang this stuff.’ I said, ‘Yeah, for sure.’ And they said, ‘Well, would you be willing to do this track?’
And I said, ‘Absolutely. Let’s go for it.’ So I sang it in my studio here in my house, and we had a great time. And Zach sang on that as well and he should be credited.”
The song was a success, the comments from fans were mostly positive, and it also caught Mick Mars’ attention. Mars emailed James’ manager about how much he loved the song and that they all did a good job. When he told his son and his bandmates, they were really excited.
Here is how James talked about Mick Mars’ email:
“But here’s the crazy thing: so my tour manager who’s been our tour manager, Dream Theater’s tour manager, for the last almost 20 years, Rikk Feulner, he e-mailed me, and he said, ‘Hey, man, I just got an e-mail from Mick Mars, and he heard the track, and he absolutely loves it. He thought you guys did a brilliant job.’ So when I told my son and his bandmates that, they were flipping out. ‘No way.’ It was really cool.
To cover Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart’ with Falset was both a blast and reminiscent of when I was in a band called Shock Candy back in ’86. Shock Candy was a Mötley Crüe cover band, and I had one hell of time touring with this band.
Needless to say, when asked to be involved and sing this Mötley classic with Falset, I jumped at the opportunity. The Crüe was always to me that raw, down-to-earth, kick-ass rock band that many acts wish they could imitate and attain, but such heights were enjoyed by very few, and the Crüe did it and played it like no other.”
You can listen to the interview and the cover below.