Ex-Mötley Crüe Vocalist John Corabi Thinks His Portrayal in ‘The Dirt’ Was “Pathetic…I Didn’t Appreciate It”

John Corabi by Alexandre Cardoso, via Wikipedia.
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2019 saw the long-awaited release of The Dirt, the scandalous biopic of hair metal legends Mötley Crüe. The film helped reinvigorate the band’s career, introducing them to a whole new generation of listeners. But one person who didn’t care much for the movie is John Corabi, the singer who took over on the Crüe’s vocals from founder Vince Neil in 1992, who says he’d just as well have not been depicted in the film given how he was portrayed.

“The portrayal in the movie, it was pathetic,” said Corabi in an interview with ‘The Metal Summit’ podcast, transcribed by Classic Rock. “It really made it look like I was really pissed when [the band are seen] basically walking into a high school gymnasium to, like, eight people. And I’m sorry — regardless of what the ticket sales were like [while Corabi was in the band], it was never that bad. So I just kind of took it as a little bit of back-handed compliment — not even a compliment; it was like an insult. I was insulted. And I’m, like, you know, dude? If you’re gonna be a fucking asshole about it, whoever’s choice it was to put that in there… At the end of the day, I didn’t appreciate it.”

“I think I’m in the movie 20 seconds,” he added. “So, take that 20 seconds out and skim over it completely.”

Fans can catch Mötley Crüe on tour next year at one of the following dates:

6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park
6/18 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
6/19 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
6/22 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
6/24 – Queens, NY @ Citi Field
6/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
6/28 – Charlotte, NC @ Bank Of America Stadium
6/30 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
7/2 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
7/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium
7/8 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
7/10 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
7/12 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium
7/14 – Cleveland, OH @ First Energy Stadium
7/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Great American Ballpark
7/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Field
7/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Stadium
7/21 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field
8/5 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
8/6 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Parl
8/10 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
8/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
8/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
8/19 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
8/21 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
8/22 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Park
8/27 – Inglewood, CA @ Sofi Stadium
8/28 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
8/31 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
9/7 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park


Words by Chris Krovatin