MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was recently asked by the Riff Crew about the band’s 1994 self-titled album which featured John Corabi on lead vocals.
The album is a known favorite of of CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars, and Tommy agrees, saying: “The sounds on that record, dude. I still listen back and go, ‘My God! Fuck!’ And it is one of my favorite albums too. I’m with Mick on that one. Fuck, what a great record — really, really great record. The songs, the sound…”
We agree Tommy. A lot. I mean come on ‘Hooligan’s Holiday’? ‘Smoke The Sky’? They rip hard.
Tommy also touched on the probability of CRÜE ever performing any material from the album live, with Vince Neil on vocals. Lee said: “We’ve tried, trust me. And I get it — it’s hard for somebody to sing [songs] somebody else sang. I get that. It would like, I guess, doing a cover — singing other people’s shit. I don’t know. I get it. That’s a tough one.”
SCREAM frontman John Corabi originally joined MOTLEY CRÜE in 1992 as the replacement for Neil, who was fired due to personal differences. Vince Neil returned to the band in 1997 while Corabi went on to form the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.
In a 2016 interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx said that writing the “Mötley Crüe” LP with Corabi was a prolonged and difficult experience. He went on to call it “a very unfocused record” that was “painful for me, because John Corabi can’t write lyrics, and I had to do all that work.”