Ancient MOTLEY CRUE leader John Corabiwho joined the band in 1992 replacing the original singer Vince Neilsaid “The Chuck Shute Podcast” that he was disappointed with the way Tom Lee and Nikki Sixx responded to her plea for help after her son found himself struggling with a heroin addiction.
boat said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Look, at the end of the day, tommy and I’m fine. tommy still text me. We contact on instagram. But I haven’t done anything until tommy first reached out his hand to me and said, “Hey, Crab. How are you?’ Blah blah blah. No matter. Or I posted something and he commented on it. And then I reached out my hand.
“I wasn’t mad at them,” he said. “I was a little bummed out that… If you want to be mad at me, great. That’s life. But you saw my kid grow up.
“I contacted them” boat say again. “I didn’t ask them for money. I didn’t ask them anything. What I asked them was… ‘Hey, you treated heroin addiction. How can I handle this?’ I haven’t received anything from Nikki at all – no response. No nothing. And tommy just answered – he just answered a word. He wasn’t like, ‘Oh, shit, man. Sorry. Shit! Are you kidding me? Iantake drugs? Nothing. He just wrote “rehab”. No, like ‘Rehab’. Good luck. tommy.’ Like nothing. He just wrote ‘rehab’ [and hit] ‘send’.”
John went on to say that he was particularly “disappointed with tommy” because Lee was the one who had his son Ian his first battery. “tommy was the one who Ian admired,” he said. “And I just said, ‘You know what? I reached out to these guys a couple of times. I reached out to Nikki when he divorced Donna D’Errico. I reached out my hand to tommy when the kid died in his swimming pool. I reached out my hand to tommy when he went to jail. I reached out my hand to tommy and everything these guys several times and never got a response. But I thought maybe if they realized there was something wrong with my son, they’d just say, ‘Hey, man. Here. Call this advisor. Or, ‘Hey, this guy really is an advisor. It can help you understand. They didn’t answer. OK. That’s life. I just said, ‘Damn. No matter. I’m done with these guys. I will never bother them again. I will never call them again. I won’t forget it. … I’m going never forget the fact that I asked what I thought were my friends to help me. Not even with money. ‘Hey, do you have a phone number for a counselor or something I can reach?’ And I haven’t received anything. So I’m like, ‘Very well. No matter.’
“It is what it is, man” boat added. “I’m not mad about it, but I have a very good, long memory. So that’s what it is. I kind of figured out that I could write to tommy. I will never talk about it. ‘Hey how are you? How is your wife doing?’
“I like tommy. But, look, we’re all like brothers. We love ourselves; we hate each other. It’s like that. But this is my story. I stick to it.”
With boat singing, MOTLEY CRUE released a critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 spot on the album chart. When Neil returned home in 1997, boat was left to its own devices and formed UNION with Bruce Kulick.
In a 2016 interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, 6x says write the “Motley Crue” LP with boat was a long and difficult experience. He went on to call it “a very fuzzy record” which was “painful for me, because John Corabi I can’t write lyrics, and I had to do all this work.”
In February 2018, boat released a live album of his performance of MOTLEY CRUEThe entire 1994 self-titled album, recorded October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. “Live ’94: One Night in Nashville” documents the entire album with the bonus track “10,000 Miles”which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the “Quaternary” PE.
boat just finished his autobiography. Title “Horseshoe and Hand Grenades”it was written with the help of MOTLEY CRUE historian/author Paul Milesand was made available in June via Rare bird books.