Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars recently did an interview with the radio station 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia. When asked about the Motley Crue self-titled album, released in 1994 and featuring John Corabi on vocals instead of Vince Neil, Mars stated, "I thought that was probably, to me, and I can only speak for me, I think that was probably the best album we've done. Musical-wise, the songs, I felt, were strong. And just musically, to me, it was, I guess, my Beatles 'White Album'; that's kind of how I feel about that one. I'm not saying that any of my other albums are crummy or anything like that I love every album that we did but that one just has a special thing for me."
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I had to respond to this. I have always thought what a shame it was that Motley Crue weren't more into making good music than making good money. Now I know that the Crue were used to making a lot of money through the 80's and when they released the 1994 album and it only went gold, they panicked. But in retrospect, for them to go gold in 1994 was quite an achievement. Grunge was in full effect and no one from that era was going gold anymore. I am glad that Mick Mars said something because everyone else acts like Corabi should never have been in the band, like he wasn't good enough to be with those guys. When in reality, he was as good or even better than some of those guys. If Corabi would have stayed in the band until now, Motley Crue would have been able to be a legitimate band that people wanted to hear new music from, instead of the novelty act they have become. Good job Mick, now bring Corabi back into the fold and apologize to him for acting like asses. You have to respect bands like Iron Maiden who kept their replacement guitarist when Adrian Smith wanted to rejoin the band. Maiden doesn't need to have three guitar players but they do. Motley Crue should have kept Corabi in the band and split the money five ways instead of being a bunch of greedy bastards. Then they could have let Corabi sing a few songs per album, better yet let him sing most of the songs on the album and let Vince sing the classic Crue songs on tour. Oh well, too bad.