Interview: John Corabi!

Interview by Jonathan Matthews

We caught up with the legendary front man of bands such as The Dead Daisies, RATT, The Scream, the Eric Singer Project, Union and at one point even Motley Crue, JOHN CORABI and his band will be touring down under super soon to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Motley 94” release, for which they will be performing the album front to back for the final time! (his band even features his son on drums, how cool is that!?) Together they will be performing the Motley 94’ album in its entirety for one last tour.

SR: Hey, how you doing?

I’m good, just been on tour doing my acoustic shows, currently sitting on a day off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in my bus, watching TV and getting pretty excited to come down there and play!

You’re kicking off your tour of Australia soon too, but tell me a bit about your current acoustic tour…

Yeah, the one I’m doing now is acoustic but the one I’m doing there, the Motley one will be with the full band, it’s pretty cool, it’s of music from my time with the crue, it’s my first solo show ever in Australia too and I’m hoping we get a good turnout so I can come out and play in the future on a somewhat regular basis … it’s always a lot of fun touring no matter what, and I’m looking forward to it!

Have you been over to Australia before yourself in the past?

Yeah, I’ve been there with Union, ESP, I’ve been there with RATT, the Dead Daisies, recording a record and then playing with KISS, so yeah I’ve been there, god probably 6 or 7 times.

You’re pretty familiar with the place then!

-ish, *laughs* I never really have time to explore, we play the 28th, 29th, 31st then literally go right from the last club in Adelaide to the airport to fly home.

Have you ever played at that club in Adelaide, the Enigma bar before?

To be honest I’ve never played at any of these places before so I’m looking forward to it!

Who are the support acts for the shows, do you have a say in who it is that gets to perform?

I’ve suggested a few, but I think that the promoters actually get the final say, there were some bands that our promoter had done a little homework on, just to make sure they were solid bands or whatever… I suggested a friend of mine who played with Rose Tattoo, I suggested the friend – Randells band which features him and a couple of others, to be honest with you I’m not really sure whose playing and for what shows or if it’s just one band for all 4 shows, I don’t know.

We will wait and see, so you’re playing the entire Motley Crue ‘94 album, are you exclusively playing that or is there any other music you will be playing?

That’s what Silverback touring wanted, the Motley ‘94 album so I am coming down and playing only Motley Crue material, but I will say this, the other thing is, I’ve been doing these shows, such as on the twentieth anniversary, these are the only shows I’m doing for the 25th anniversary, after that last show in Adelaide it will never happen again, now I will play some of the material here and there but I won’t play that album again in its entirety, I’m coming down, I’m doing it this one last time then I’m done with it. I think I’ve got like 10 or 12 albums to choose from. I want to be able to do a little bit of everything.

So the acoustic tour you’re on at the moment has a bit of everything then?

Yeah, It’s awesome I do a few covers I grew up listening to, I tell stories, I tell jokes.

You won’t be opening your own shows here down under then will you?

No, I guess there will be some sort of local Australian support acts, I just want to come down and have some fun, it’s my first time in Australia as a solo artist, my son is my drummer, I want to take him down and hopefully build a bit of a fan base so I can come back on a somewhat regular basis.

So do you think that you will you be using the same line up again next time?

Definitely my bass player and my drummer. My other two guys were with me in the beginning, and then I started doing the Daisies thing so they looked for other work, they ended up supporting Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley they’re going out after we get back from this run, there going out with Ace so depending on schedules it may change, but I will definitely have the same bass player and drummer.

What’s it like working with your son, do you ever have times when you don’t see eye to eye?

You know honestly, basically he came to me one day and said ‘Dad, all I ever really wanted to do was be in a band with you.’ So I handed him the Motley record and said to him, ‘if you can play this, you can do anything musically’. Since then we’ve been to Mexico, we’ve been on rock cruises, and it’s been great, he shows up and gets the job done. My thing is, if we have to leave the hotel lobby at 9am don’t make me come and get you. He’s been more than professional and it’s just good to travel with my kid, it’s awesome!

How long have you been working with him on drums?

He’s probably been working with me for 5 years now.

What would you like to say to your fans over here in Australia in anticipation for the upcoming tour?

I cannot wait to come and see everybody; I really appreciate everyone’s support throughout my career.

John Corabi March 2019 Australian Tour Dates

Thu 28 March – Sydney – Crow Bar

Fri 29 March – Melbourne – The Prince

Sat 30 March – Brisbane – Crow Bar Black

Sun 31 March – Adelaide – Enigma Bar