Motley Crue were recently blasted by Hanoi Rocks and John Corabi. Corabi recently revealed that Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy almost hit him with his cane because of his association with Motley Crue.
John Corabi reveals Andy McCoy almost beat him
Hanoi Rocks drummer’s comments about Vince Neil never apologizing for killing his bandmate in a drunk driving accident, and calling Motley Crue ‘ripoffs’ for their 2022 tour, appeared to be the real target of his ire.
Razzle was killed and two other people were seriously injured when CRÜE singer Vince Neil, whose blood alcohol level was 0.17, which was over the legal limit, smashed his car into another vehicle in Redondo Beach, California in December 1984.
Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil’s drunk-driving deadly car crash had grabbed some headlines. Andy McCoy recently lambasted Motley Crue over their account of Hanoi drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley’s death. He had blasted Nikki Sixx as well. Sixx had also fired back without mentioning his critics.
Corabi reflected on his near-altercation with McCoy in a new interview with Artists On Record Starring ADIKA Live!:
“I met Andy the first time [while I was playing guitar] with Ratt. We played — it was a huge club in Helsinki. And afterwards, Andy took me and [Ratt drummer Bobby] Blotzer out to a nightclub, and it was, like… I love Andy, but holy shit — he’s a whole other [out there]. So, we hung out and everything was great. And then a couple of years later, I went back to a Swedish rock festival, and I didn’t realize it but a very good friend of mine, Conny Bloom, who plays guitar with the Electric Boys, he was playing with Hanoi Rocks. So I was kind of walking by, and Conny [called me over], so I went over and I sat at the table that they were sitting at. And Andy was just kind of staring at me.
I had a red scarf — I just kind of had it tied around the top of my head — and he took offense to me wearing the scarf, ’cause it was, like, ‘That’s my thing.’ So somebody said, ‘Oh, Andy, this is John. He sang with Motley Crue.’ And I thought Andy was seriously gonna pummel me to death. He had his cane and he came at me with his f**king cane and he was, like, literally wanting to hit me with the cane. So I grabbed the cane, and then his [then-wife] Angela and Conny came over… He had this cane with a skull on top of it. It was a black cane.
“Honestly, I was kind of pissed. I’m, like, ‘What the f*** is your problem, dude? I’ve already met you before.’ And I’m holding on to the cane and I’m going, ‘he doesn’t have a f***ing clue. He’s out to lunch.’ And I’m sitting there, like, ‘Okay.’ So I kind of let go of the cane. Conny came over, Angela came over, and they were, like, ‘Dude, that’s not Vince. That’s John. Different singer.’ And he kind of settled down. But I was, like, ‘Dude, seriously, I’ll fucking beat you to death with your own cane. Stop with this shit.’”
Corabi went on to say that he pitied McCoy over his rage at Crue and how they handled Razzle’s death.
“His f***ing beef, and I can’t say that I blame him, was the fact that Motley had just released [a box set titled] ‘Music To Crash Your Car To’, and he was not having it,” John recalled. “And he sat there in his very difficult-to-understand English, he sat there and he was, like, ‘I think that’s fucking bullshit. Nikki Sixx and those guys are nothing but a bunch of scumbags.’ And he was just going on and on and on about how he felt it was distasteful. Not only did they call it ‘Music To Crash Your Car To’, but there was a volume one and then they turned around and did a volume two.”
“So it was like a double shove up Andy’s and Michael’s [Monroe, Hanoi Rocks singer] ass. And they weren’t happy about it, and I can’t say that I blame ’em. I was, like, ‘Okay, dude. I had nothing to do with that. Here’s when I was in the band. I’m out. You’ve got a whole other issue with those guys.’ … When he explained himself, I was, like, ‘Hey, dude.’ I gave him a hug and I’m, like, ‘I totally understand your displeasure right now with Motley Crue. I get it.’ I didn’t have an argument. I can’t argue. His rationale made sense to me. It made sense. So I didn’t make a stink about it.”