February 23, 2019
The Five O’Clock Club
Review by: Bobby Caughron
I have been a big fan of John Corabi‘s work for years. He first came to my attention with the band “The Scream” upon the the release of their debut album in 1991. John’s the kind of guy who commands attention with powerful vocals. So much so, that the legendary Motley Crue hand picked him as the new vocalist to succeed Vince Neil when the band parted company with him after the Dr. Feelgood album. That Motley Crue self-titled album is still one of my favorite albums of the band’s discography. While, Vince Neil was destined to return to the band that he originally fronted, Corabi sang on what is arguably, one of the best hard rock albums of the 90’s. John Corabi has stayed busy since, first by forming the short lived but incredible band “Union” with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick and currently fronting the all star hard rock band “The Dead Daisies” as well as maintaining a successful solo career.
John Corabi took the stage at The Five O’Clock Club around 11:30 pm to an elated audience of fans. Prior to seeing Corabi perform live as a solo artist, I had no idea what a great story teller he is. The crowd enjoyed his stage banter and jokes between songs that covered a lot of territory. Several stories from his teenage years revolved around his relationship with his Dad, who soundly oddly familiar to my own dad with his dislike of the long-haired rock musicians of the time. Corabi also talked about how he was tricked by the other members of Motley Crue into busting into Aerosmith‘s studio while they were recording , complete with a pretty good Steven Tyler impersonation. The all acoustic set was made up of songs throughout Corabi’s career and various bands, plus a couple of surprise covers including Kiss’ Beth. I was blown away at how much rock n’ roll power one guy’s voice and a single acoustic guitar could create. Throughout the evening he performed several Motley Crue songs including the audience favorite “Hooligan’s Holiday” and “Misunderstood”. He also performed a nice selection of songs from The Scream like Father. Mother, Son and Man In The Moon, which is one of my personal favorites.
If you get the opportunity see John Corabi perform, whether as a solo artist or as part of The Dead Daisies, you absolutely should jump at the chance. He’s a true performer in every aspect. If you love rock n’ roll, you can’t leave his show without being a fan.