Former Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi recently casted doubt over guitarist Mick Mars’ recent retirement from touring.
John Corabi talks about John Mars
Corabi’s remarks came during an interview on the Life in the Stocks podcast. When asked for his thoughts on Mars’ retirement, the singer opens up with some bombshell theories, hinting that Mars was forced to exit the band. Official statements from Crue and Mars’ representative imply that the parting was mutual, with the guitarist hampered by his ongoing battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a degenerative disease that affects the spine.
“I don’t totally believe Mick’s reasons for leaving Mötley,” Corabi said. “And I don’t even know if he left Mötley. I believe maybe he was shown the door. Because as long as I can remember… F***, when we were doing the Generation Swine record, they were complaining about his guitar playing then.”
Corabi, who replaced Vince Neil in the ’90s before the latter’s return, went on to say that he believes Mars didn’t play on most of Generation Swine and the band’s last few releases: “I don’t know if he played on New Tattoo — I’m not sure — but I know on Red, White & Crüe, it was D.J. Ashba; on Saints of Los Angeles, it was DJ Ashba; and on The Dirt [soundtrack], it was John 5.”
After wrapping up their blockbuster North American stadium tour with Def Leppard this past summer, Mars announced his retirement from touring. The band swiftly named Rob Zombie axeman John 5 as his replacement. The latter will join the group in Mars’ stead for its 2023 international tour dates, also with Def Leppard. A pair of Atlantic City warmup shows were also recently announced, with tickets available here.