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John Corabi in 2017
|Born||April 26, 1959|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, singer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass|
|Associated acts||Mötley Crüe, The Scream, Ratt, Brides of Destruction, Angora, ESP, Union, Angel City Outlaws, Twenty 4 Seven, Cardboard Vampyres, The Dead Daisies|
John Corabi (born April 26, 1959) is a hard rock singer and guitarist who has worked with such bands as Angora, The Scream, Mötley Crüe, Union and ESP (both with former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick), Ratt (as a guitarist), Twenty 4 Seven (with his then Ratt bandmate Bobby Blotzer), Zen Lunatic, Brides of Destruction, and Angel City Outlaws (with his then Ratt bandmates Robbie Crane and Bobby Blotzer, and former Ratt guitarist Keri Kelli, who he replaced in Ratt). He is the current lead singer for The Dead Daisies.
After Mötley Crüe parted ways with lead singer Vince Neil in February 1992, Corabi was hired as his replacement. Bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee stated that Corabi's was capable of singing anything and everything and that was the reason they chose him. Corabi recorded the self-titled Mötley Crüe album in 1994 and the EP Quaternary. Though the music was heavier and more elaborate than the rest of the Mötley Crüe catalog, it did not sell as well as previous releases from the band. Before a concert in Tucson, Arizona which had a 15,000 seat capacity, only 4,000 tickets were sold. Nikki Sixx decided to call into a Tucson area radio station and offer any fan who showed up free tickets. When only two people took Sixx up on his offer, Sixx stated he knew this version of the band was finished. During the early stages of the writing of a new album which would become Generation Swine, Mötley Crüe's record label refused to provide funds to record the album unless Vince Neil was let back in the band. Rather than hiring another label, Mötley Crüe acceded to the demand and by 1997 Corabi was replaced by the returning Vince Neil. Many of the songs from the early writing session were used on the album and Corabi is credited on the liner notes for co-writing some of the songs.
Corabi and the rest of Mötley Crüe made personal appearances at London's Hard Rock Cafe at a private party in February 1994 promoting their self-titled Mötley Crüe album. The evening was also attended by many Mötley Crüe competition winners who were invited into the VIP area to chat to Corabi, as well as the other 3 band members. In July 2015, Corabi and his band performed at a bar and played all of the songs off of the Mötley Crüe album. Weeks after the performance, Corabi stated "The album would have made it if this was under a different band name".
Union was formed from recently released musician Bruce Kulick of Kiss, John Corabi, Brent Fitz, and Jamie Hunting. John and Bruce wrote what would become the first Union album (self titled) and proceeded with a nationwide acoustic tour, to promote the album, featuring just Corabi and Kulick (both on guitar). Soon the full band went on a world tour headlining small venues in support of the Union album. The second album "Live in the Galaxy" was a live recording with 2 acoustic tracks recorded in a mobile studio. The third and final Union album, The Blue Room, was a more polished sound than the first studio CD. Union never officially called it quits (playing live shows every so often with guest drummers and bass players), but with Kulick playing along with Grand Funk Railroad, Corabi playing with many bands, most notably Ratt, and both members being tied up in solo projects, Union will probably never return to write new studio material..
ESP (Eric Singer Project)
Twenty 4 Seven
Twenty 4 Seven, a collaboration with Corabi, drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt, Contraband), and guitarist Rob Marcello (Ironhorse, Obsession, Danger Danger) recorded 10 hard rock tracks entitled Destination Everywhere (US, 2002).
In early 2004, Corabi joined Jerry Cantrell's covers band Cardboard Vampyres. Also in the band were The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, The Cult bassist Chris Wyse and drummer Josh Howser. The band played at various venues in the United States between 2004 and 2005. They predominately played along the West Coast. No albums were released by the band.
Brides of Destruction
Corabi was featured as second guitarist on Brides of Destruction's 2004 album Here Comes The Brides. He had multiple reasons for leaving the band. One was the fact that he was told it would be an effort much like the "Mötley Crüe" album. Secondly, he did not get along very well with Tracii Guns. He also said in an interview that "when Nikki told me about the band, I was really into the idea of writing another CD with the heavy sound of the Mötley Crüe album, but as we got more into recording, we had our drummer singing what was supposed to be the best song on the CD, when Nikki and Tracii were saying that our singer was the hot new thing, it just did not make sense to me."
Corabi performed songs on the Karl Cochran solo album Voodooland – Give Me Air released in 2005.
2005 also saw the release of the first Union DVD, Do Your Own Thing Live, containing two full-length concerts.
Union performed in Tokyo, Japan in January 2005 and toured Europe in November and December 2005.
Corabi toured Europe with ESP in May 2005 and the USA with RATT in summer of 2005.
In February 2006, Corabi returned to Japan with ESP for live appearances and meet-and-greets with fans. ESP also performed in Australia in April 2006 for shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Corabi contributed vocals on a song for Liberty N' Justice (a Christian group that does all-star rock albums) called "Doubting Thomas." The track was released in 2007 on the "Independence Day" album.
In November 2007 John played 4 shows in Japan and 2 shows in Australia with Ratt while touring with Winger.
In December 2007, John returned to Mexico City with ESP (Eric Singer Project) for one show and meet-and-greets with fans. The set included songs from Motorhead, Led Zeppelin, Kiss and other favorites.
Early in 2008, John Corabi attended the MOTLEY CRUISE, a 4-day cruise in the Caribbean (Miami, Key West and Cozumel, MX) including performers such as Vince Neil, Skid Row, Ratt, Slaughter, Endeverafter and Lynam. On this cruise, Corabi joined Vince Neil on stage to perform "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC. This performance was a unique event as fans witnessed the two Mötley Crüe vocalists share the same microphone. As of August 2008, John Corabi has parted ways with Ratt in order to pursue his solo career.
Currently in 2016, Corabi is the lead vocalist for the Australian/American rock band The Dead Daisies. The band has released a new album, and will be joining KISS on their "Freedom To Rock Tour" with shows across the US after which they will head to Saitama, Japan to play at the Loud Park Festival. In early November the band will rejoin KISS on the KISS Kruise VI then set off for a massive UK and European trek on a co-headline tour with Irish rock band The Answer to finish off 2016.
This article needs to be updated.(October 2015)
- Six song demo tape
- Let It Scream (1991)
- Mötley Crüe (1994)
- Quaternary EP (1994)
- Generation Swine (1997) writer, uncredited vocals
- Red, White & Crüe (2005)
- Lost and Spaced (1998)
- ESP (1999)
- Live in Japan (2007)
- ESP Live at the Marquee (2007)
Twenty 4 Seven
- Destination Everywhere (2002)
- Here Comes the Brides (2004) Uncredited guitar and writer
Voodooland Advanced Ep (2003)
- Give Me Air (2004)
Liberty N' Justice
- Doubting Thomas (2007)
- Infestation (2010) writer
- John Corabi Unplugged (November 2012)
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