In a recent interview with TotalRock, John Corabi recalled the time he was in Motley Crue.
Here’s what he said:
“I’m not a Bible thumper. I’m not a religious person, but I think that I look at things, in some ways, in a little bit of a spiritual way. And I kind of look at my way as I’ve been blessed with a lot of great things, but there was always something to follow up a great thing, there was a not-so-great thing that actually really… Now, in hindsight, I look at it and I go it was kind of a blessing because it kept me balanced. Had I gotten the Motley gig and nothing bad happened as well, maybe I would have went nuts; maybe I would have drank myself to death, or whatever. But there was always something happening.
”And I find it odd, and it took me a minute to think about it this way, but I found it odd that I was offered the gig in… it was February of 1992. And just prior to that, my mother had called to tell me that she was diagnosed with cancer, maybe a month or two. And then I was offered this gig. And with the gig came a lot of money. And then my mother passed away in, I believe it was December of ’96, and then shortly after Vince came back.
“So I just sat there and I went, I got to meet Glenn Hughes and Brian Johnson and some of the [other] guys in AC/DC… I got to meet all these people, mainly my musician heroes, and they were super cool to me. And I was financially able to take care of my at-the-time… Joining Motley, I also got a divorce, but I was able to take care of my ex-wife and my kids. I took care of my mother. I took care of myself.
”So I just have a weird way of looking at it. I go, you know what? The universe gave me something that I needed for that five years. I needed that to take care of my son, who was a diabetic, ex-wife and my family. And then when my mom passed, it was, ‘Okay, we’re gonna take that back now. You don’t need it anymore.'”