In a recent interview with Backstage Pass Rock News, former Motley Crue singer John Corabi once again talked about Mick Mars’ retirement.
“I answered this already, and a few days later it was on Blabbermouth. So apparently Blabbermouth has nobody else to talk about but me… Personally, my verdict is… I have an opinion, I have a thought on what transpired, but I haven’t heard anything from Mick. The statement that we’ve all gotten was from Motley and their management and whoever’s on that side of the camp.
“I know John 5. I think he’s a brilliant guitar player. I am not taking [anything] away from John, because I love the guy to death. He is a guitarist’s guitarist. But I can’t help but think, when we were doing the ”Generation Swine” record, there was a rub between me and Mick, which transpired during…
”They had already told me that they were bringing Vince back, and their manager said to me, ‘Can you help them finish the record?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And every day they would call me at nine or ten o’clock in the morning, and it was Nikki, this guy Scott Humphrey and Tommy, [they] were producing the record, and they would call me every day, and they would go, ‘Hey, can you come by the studio and play some guitar?’
”And I said, ‘Well, as long as Mick is cool with it, sure.’ Well, every day I’d get to the studio and they just complained, like, ‘Oh my God. We had Mick here yesterday till two o’clock in the morning. We couldn’t get anything out of him,’ and blah blah blah. So, that was ’95. And then they did the record. Now, I can tell you right now most of the rhythms on that record were mine. And if Mick was sitting here, he’d go, ‘Yeah, most of the guitars were his.’ So I played on the ‘Generation Swine’ record.
”I don’t know if Mick played on ”New Tattoo”, I’m not sure, but I know it was DJ Ashba on ”Red, White & Crue’‘, on the new songs, and I know on ”Saints Of Los Angeles”, it was DJ Ashba. And then I know on the movie ”The Dirt”, the new songs that they did [for the accompanying soundtrack], [a cover of Madonna‘s] ”Like A Virgin” and all that shit, it’s John 5. So they haven’t had Mick… they haven’t been using him since, f*ck, ’95.
“Again, I’m just looking at things the way I look at ’em and I can’t help but think that they just went for the upgrade — in their minds,” Corabi added. “You do have a history there; the fans are used to that history.
“And you know what? Folks, if I am wrong, I’ll come back again with you and I will say, ‘I apologize. I’m wrong.’ But until I hear it from Mick, I don’t buy any of it.”