Earlier MOTLEY CRUE front man John Corabiwho joined the band in 1992 as a replacement for the original vocalist Vince Neilhas told “The Chuck Shute Podcast” that he was disappointed with how Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx responded to his request for help after his son found himself struggling with a heroin addiction.
ship said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Look, at the end of the day, Tommy and I’m fine. Tommy still texts me. We will contact each other Instagram. But I didn’t do anything until Tommy reached out to me and said, “Hey, Crab. How are you?’ Blah blah blah. Whatever. Or I posted something and he commented on it. And then I held out my hand.
“I wasn’t mad at them,” he clarified. “I was a little disappointed in the fact that… If you want to be mad at me, great. C’est la vie. But you watched my child grow up.
“I contacted them”, ship repeated. “I didn’t ask them for money. I didn’t ask them” something. What I asked them about was… “Hey, you’ve been dealing with heroin addiction. How do I deal with this?’ I have none of Nikki not at all – no response. No nothing. And Tommy just wrote back – he only wrote one word back. He wasn’t like, ‘Oh shit, dude. Sorry. fuck! Are you joking? Ian‘using 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 especially “tough with” Tommy” because Lee was the one who got his son Ian his first drum kit. “Tommy was the one who Ian looked up to,” he said. “And I just said, ‘You know what? I’ve approached those guys several times.’ I reached for Nikki when he divorced Donna D’Errico. I reached for Tommy when the child died in his pool. I reached for Tommy when he went to jail. I reached for Tommy and all those guys multiple times and I never got a response. But I figured if they realized there was something wrong with my son, they’d just say, ‘Hey, dude. Here. Call this advisor.’ Or, “Hey, this guy really is a counselor. He can help you find out.” They didn’t respond. Okay. That’s life. I just said, ‘Fuck it. Whatever. I’m done with those guys. I will never bother them again. I will never call them again. I will not forget.’ … I will never forget the fact that i asked what i thought my friends were to help me. Not even with money. “Hey, do you have a phone number for a counselor or something else I can contact?” And I got nothing. So I’m like, ‘Okay. Whatever.’
“It is what it is, dude,” ship added. “I’m not mad about it, but I have a really good, long memory. So it is what it is. I found out I can write to Tommy. I will never bring it up. ‘Hey, how are you doing? How is your wife doing?’
“I love Tommy. But listen, we’re all like brothers. We love eachother; we hate each other. It is what it is. But that’s my story. I’m sticking to it.”
Of ship on song, MOTLEY CRUE released a critically acclaimed full-length CD, which became a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 placement on the album chart. When Neil returned to the herd in 1997, ship was left alone and molded UNION of Bruce Kulick.
In a 2016 interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, sixx said that writing the “Motley Crue” LP with ship was a long and difficult experience. He called it “a very unfocused record” that was “painful to me because” John Corabi can’t write lyrics, and I had to do all that work.”
In February 2018, ship released a live album of his performance of MOTLEY CRUE‘s 1994 full-length self-titled album, recorded October 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. “Live ’94: A Night in Nashville” documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track “10,000 miles”which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the “Quaternary” ep.
ship recently completed work on his autobiography. titled “Horseshoes 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.