As you know, John was the lead singer of the Motley Crue from 1992 to 1996. After his four-year tenure, he was replaced by the original singer Vince Neil.
However, in a new interview with Guitar Wishes, the singer recalled his Crue days. He revealed some words that Sixx and Lee told him about money and friends.
He Says Money Helped Him to Chose True Friends
Starting his words, the musician said that money disclosed the true way of his relationship with his friends.
“When money comes to play, in between a relationship, when money becomes whatever, you really find out who your friends are,” the musician said.
“People, you can be great friends with ’em, but ‘it’s just business,’ is the line you hear all the time.
“I did a few things early on in my career with contracts and different things, thinking, ‘We’re bros, man. They’ll never screw me over,’ just assuming that everybody would look at it the way I look at it.
“People don’t. And that’s something that I had to learn.
Sixx and Lee Warned Him About Friends
Continuing his words, John admitted that Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee were warned him about friends at the time. According to him, they told him at the beginning that it was gonna happen.
“The other thing I had to learn was when I was in Motley, there was a lot of people – and Tommy [Lee, drums] and Nikki [Sixx, bass] told me in the very beginning that this was gonna happen,” John reveals.
“And I was, like, ‘Nah, nah, nah. Not my friends.’ ‘You’re gonna find out people treat you differently because of the situation you’re in.’ And at first, I didn’t think it would happen.
“And then I really kind of realized, ‘Oh, I’m still the same guy. Everybody else around me is changing.’
“Everybody started calling me, ‘Hey, dude, can you lend me five grand?’ ‘Hey, dude, can you get a limo and get us tickets for the Tesla show?’ ‘Hey, dude, can you…?’
“And then as soon as it was over, it was, like, crickets…
“But I had a few very tight little circle of friends that were with me before Motley, during Motley, and after Motley. And then I went, ‘Ah, OK.’
He Says He Had A Little Friendship
He concluded to touch on his true friends.
“So I would tell myself, ‘Listen, you’re gonna get this Motley gig,” he said. “Everybody else is a clinger. Those little batch of friends that you’ve got there, those five or six people that aren’t ever gonna be afraid to tell you, ‘You’re an asshole…” Whatever.
“I think, really, that’s it. I wouldn’t change anything. Everything happened the way it happened. And I actually have it tattooed here [on my chest] – it’s Italian.
“But I firmly believe even when shit goes wrong for you, regardless of whether you’re a musician, whether you’re a plumber – whatever – this phrase says, ‘Life is as it should be.’
“Even when something bad’s happening, you have to look at it, make some adjustments, move forward, and learn from it. And I think I have, with everything.”