John Corabi — who sang on MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s sixth and self-titled album, which was released in 1994 — says that he would not rejoin the band if asked.
Corabi originally joined CRÜE in 1992 as the replacement for the group’s original singer, Vince Neil, who was fired due to personal differences. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart. When Neil returned to the fold in 1997, Corabi was left on his own and formed the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.
Earlier this week, Neil told the Las Vegas Sun that he is seriously contemplating a split from MÖTLEY CRÜE after their run of concerts at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel from February 3 to February 19, 2012. “It’s not definite, but I am thinking seriously about it,” Neil said, before adding, “This is all about me thinking about the second half of my life, thinking about my future, and that future might not include MÖTLEY CRÜE after Vegas. There are so many opportunities that are in front of me that I’m really excited about. I just don’t want to look back later in life and regret that I didn’t pursue them. I’m just not sure I can give these opportunities the time and effort I’ll need to and continue with the band. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it, but being out here relaxing in this beautiful place has given me the chance to reflect on what direction I want the rest of my life to take. I’m really giving it a lot of thought.”
In response to the fan reaction that followed the publication of Neil‘s interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Corabi wrote on his official Facebook page, “Woke up today, signed on to Facebook, and had about 50 emails asking about the [Vince Neil] interview.”
He added, “I can honestly say, that barring the second coming of Christ, MÖTLEY has NO intentions of EVER asking me back, nor would I go back, if they did ask…What’s done is done!!!! I love those guys, and wish them the best, but I’m looking towards the future with my new record, and band.”
Corabi recently completed work on an acoustic album which he says will include “old songs, new songs and just a sample of things to come.” Tentatively due in the spring, the set will contain two versions of the MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s song “Hooligan’s Holiday” — a stripped-back acoustic version and a more elaborate but still acoustic-based band arrangement — as well as a version of the CRÜE‘s “Loveshine” and even a song by Corabi‘s first band, ANGORA, which was originally produced by Steve Vai.