Welcome to a new kind of Grave Reviews post I’m trying out – photo posts. I’m not a photographer, but I like to think that my shaky photography has a relatable feel. Maybe these photos will make it feel like you were really there.
Today’s “photo-feature” is John Corabi, and his gig at the Local Authority in Sheffield in December. You may know Corabi from Motley Crue, but he is a lot more than just “the other Motley Crue” singer. He has headed a variety of hard rock bands throughout the years – from ‘hair metal’ The Scream to the fluid sounds of the Dead Daisies. The guy has a great voice, lots of power with a rough edge (depending on what the song calls for).
What surprised me the most from this night, was how Corabi brought many contrasts and comparisons between life in the UK and the USA, with Corabi dedicating a song to a tragic loss of his friends during a deadly shooting Stateside: “If I Never Get to Say Goodbye”. Now, we do get terrorist attacks here but not to the truly tragic extent that they happen in America. Personally for me this may have been the closest to an attack I’ve been, hearing this story through a song, and I can’t begin to imagine how it must be to lose a friend or loved one in such circumstances.
On to a lighter note – more stories! Such as the time that Corabi was with his old band The Scream in London, and some asked if he “had a fag”. Yeah, a cigarette here, but a homophobic insult Stateside. Too bad Urban dictionary didn’t exist back then! Also, we were treated to a lot of banter, such as Corabi thinking my 28 yr old sister would never have heard of a rotary phone. Being born in 1991 makes you almost 30, sorry, dude…!
Support for the night came from local hero Dave Kerr, of Sheffield-favourites Silverjet. I don’t know of any fancy ways to say it, but Kerr has got a damn good voice – the microphone was hardly needed. Now, I used to see Silverjet a lot when I first moved to Sheffield as a late-teen, so it was a heavily nostalgic night to hear him play a few of their classics. “Crazy”, “Machine”, “Lie With Me”. And here is your special Grave Reviews tip: Silverjet are also playing the famed Hard Rock Sleaze at the Sheffield o2 Academy in the autumn, they’re not be missed!