Mick Mars is Done But Not Done Completely – Screamin’ Scott
There is some news we figured was coming soon and now it’s confirmed. According to “Variety,” guitarist and founding member Mick Mars will no longer tour with the band, although he will continue as a member.
The full statement reads:
Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), he will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigors of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine.
Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 will take his place. Mick Mars to me has always been one of the ’80s’ most underrated guitar players. Sure, he doesn’t run across the stage and slide on his knees. Maybe because Nikki Sixx lit them on fire too many times in the early days. His leads are instantly remembered, and I love his slide guitar work. Like many guitar players, he has undergone hip surgeries and struggles from A.S. to a crippling spine disease. I remember one of the reunions, they had to go get Mick out of his house to get his health up to doing a tour. Mick has always been the good one for the most part staying out of the tabloids and sex scandals and bad press. So this might be a blessing in disguise. Maybe Motley has another album or two left in the gas tank. What I hope for is a long-awaited Mick Mars solo record we have waited years.