by Martin Popoff

"Well, that's interesting because I hear John, but it's not John," counters Nikki. "Some of the songs that vocally have a little John, is really just London being London. That's what was interesting about John jamming with us was that he kind of is right for the band in a lot of ways. I think there are elements of this band that are perfect for John Corabi, and then there are elements of the band like Shut The f**k Up and I Don't Care that aren't really where he's coming from. Songwriting-wise, he didn't write any these particular songs. That also might have been one of the frustrations for him that he, being a really good songwriter and a singer, wanted to explore that for himself. You know, in the end, whether you have success or you don't have success, it's really about: you have a guitar, you're sitting in a room, you're playing the guitar by yourself, and you're thinking, I have something to say. And if you're in a band, and you're a writer and you're not really writing, I understand that frustration. I can see where John would think, you know, I don't know, I can kind of see this going somewhere else that I wasn't quite as in love with as I was. He didn't really care for the heavier stuff and he really was a big fan of the stuff like Revolution and Natural Born Killers, which is really cool too. I just think there was a moment where he wanted to do his own thing."

How are you and Tracii splitting up the writing?

"Well, it's very much like me and Mick Mars. Tracii brings in the riffs, and I turn them into songs. Or I have songs, and he turns them into f**king muscle, and he changes this part, changes that part. So it ends up being right down the middle. It's like Tracii adds the meat and potatoes and I sprinkle the magic; it's a really good combination. I tend to write the lyrics mostly myself. London wrote some lyrics. Tracii had a couple things. It's not so much that I'm the lyrics hoarder, it's that I think I deliver the right things a lot of times. People go, wow, that's cool. But London in his own right is a very good lyricist, quite different from me; it's not quite as easy to put your finger on what he's saying, which I find really interesting. You kind of got to listen to it and go, does he mean this? Or does he mean that? In music, I think that's great, because usually you want to have your own interpretation anyway."