Former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi doesn’t necessarily believe guitarist Mick Mars left the band on his own accord
On a recent episode of the “Life In The Stocks” podcast, former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi was asked what he thought of founding guitarist Mick Mars‘s recent departure from touring with the notorious rock band and being replaced by shredder John 5. Corabi said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I do [have an opinion]. I will just say this: I know John  as well. He’s a brilliant — and I cannot say ‘brilliant’ loud enough — he’s a brilliant guitar player and a great dude. But the verdict for me is out until I hear a statement from Mick. The statement that we heard was put together by MÖTLEY and their people. And I’m not totally sure I believe what they’re saying. So I’ll just leave it at that.”
He went on to explain his comments, saying: “I don’t totally believe Mick’s reasons for leaving MÖTLEY. And I don’t even know if he left MÖTLEY. I believe maybe he was shown the door. Because as long as I can remember… Fuck, when we were doing the ‘Generation Swine‘ record, they were complaining about his guitar playing then. And if you really look at all of the records they’ve done since then… The majority of the guitars on the ‘Swine’ record, which is one of the reasons why I sued the guys, are mine. They were complaining about Mick the whole fucking time. And I don’t know if he played on ‘New Tattoo‘ — I’m not sure — but I know on ‘Red, White & Crüe‘, it was D.J. Ashba; on ‘Saints Of Los Angeles‘, it was D.J. Ashba; and on ‘The Dirt’ [soundtrack], it was John 5.
“I don’t know,” he continued. “I could be totally wrong about this, so don’t run around and fucking, whatever, put it in print yet, but I’m just saying I’m waiting for Mick’s response. The one that we’ve all heard came from MÖTLEY and their management.”
Corabi added that something was “kind of bugging” him about the way Mick’s retirement was announced. “Because since that announcement came out, I’ve reached out to Mick and his wife a few times,” he said. “And Mick hasn’t responded at all. And I sent [his wife] — she’s from Switzerland — so when I was there last week, I sent some photos of the Alps — I was in the Alps — and I wrote to her, and I said, ‘Hey, I’m in your motherland.’ And she wrote back. Then I came back, and I was, like, ‘Hey, man, how’s Mick?’ And she goes, ‘He’s fine.’ [And I said], ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ Crickets. So that’s kind of unusual behavior for Mick and [his wife]; they would normally [be] just, like, ‘Yeah, dude. Everything’s cool. Whatever.'”
Corabi continued: “I don’t know if he’s embarrassed or he’s maybe… Who knows? Maybe he’s angry and maybe he’s being told not to say anything to anybody. Maybe there’s gonna be a lawsuit. I don’t know. But I just know how those guys operate, and I would not be surprised if they didn’t say, ‘Mick, look. You’re in pain. We’ve got John 5. We’re gonna bring him in.’ Maybe throw him a bone — like every time they tour, throw him some money — but ‘we’re gonna move forward with this guy.’ It wouldn’t surprise me.”
Corabi finished with: “Now, this is all a theory. I know about as much as you guys do. But personally, I don’t believe a word of that statement at all.”
Mick Mars blamed his ongoing struggles with the arthritic condition ankylosing spondylitis as his reason for backing out of touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE.