John Corabi: «Music and tattoos bring me happiness!»

The Dead Daisies frontman (and Mötley Crüe legend) has spent time with Tattoo Life fellows and this is our heartfelt report…

A few hours before their last Italian concert (at Druso venue, in Bergamo) Tattoo Life had the chance of speaking with frontman John Corabi, the ultra-tattooed American singer and Philadelphia native with a huge and important musical pedigree (during his career he sang with Mötley Crüe on their iconic ’94 eponymous album, The Scream, Ratt, Brides of Destruction, ESP, Union and other acts).

Corabi is actually the respected lead vocalist of Dead Daisies, the Australian/American collective founded by David Lowy (rhythm guitar) and featuring excellent musicians as Doug Aldrich (lead guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and Brian Tichy (drums).

Their last album is a superb live-recording (‘Live & Louder’) including great tunes taken from ‘Dead Daisies’ (2013), ‘Revolución’ (2015) and ‘Make Some Noise’ (2016) plus some terrific covers like ‘Fortunate son’ (Creedence Clearwater Revival), ‘Helter Skelter’ (The Beatles) and ‘(We’re an) American band’ (Grand Funk Railroad).

The complete Corabi interview will be published on a forthcoming issue of Tattoo Life magazine but here you can read some intriguing excerpts.

About tattoos: «I started getting tattooed in my hometown, Philadelphia, around legal age (18 years old) in the early Eighties, but it was my definitive transfer to Los Angeles to increase my inked collection. Now I live in Nashville and I met a great tattoo artist just there. His name is Adam ‘The Kid’ by Kustom Thrills Tattoo. He’s the man!»

The Dead Daisies 2017
The Dead Daisies 2017

About his brief (but fundamental) experience with Mötley Crüe: «In 1992, when I joined them, we all tattooed together by the same guy, the great Greg James on Sunset Strip. It was a symbolic move to start over the band and it happened for real… (Corabi lasted only the length of an album, 1994’s ‘Mötley Crüe, but what an album, folks! Editor’s note)»

About next projects connected to ink: «I would like having on my back some portraits of great rock ‘n’ roll heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. There is enough space to fill there.»

About the fatal Chris Cornell suicide happened last May, 18: «I don’t have an answer for a tragedy like that. The music should always bring happiness, not grief. I feel so sorry for the Cornell death, like everybody on this Earth.»

During our chat (half an hour long) John has been relaxed and heartfelt quoting at last that «Yeah, I survived Mötley Crüe making a lot of other musical things in my life. Now I have Dead Daisies, a wonderful wife and a beloved son that plays drums with me in my solo-band. I can’t ask nothing more than this, man!».
Mister Corabi: great singer, true tattoo lover, uplifting and positive person. Thumbs up for him!

Picture of the band: courtesy of Spitfire Music/SPV
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