Motley Crue not too long ago introduced plans to take the “Stadium Tour” with Def Leppard to different elements of the world subsequent yr, however one of many band members will not be coming with them. Guitarist Mick Mars has introduced his retirement from touring, although he’ll stay within the band, revealing the information in an unique assertion to Selection.
The assertion reads as follows:
Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy steel band Mötley Crüe for the previous 41 years, has introduced at this time that on account of his ongoing painful battle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), he’ll now not be capable to tour with the band. Mick will proceed as a member of the band, however can now not deal with the pains of the highway. A.S. is an especially painful and crippling degenerative illness, which impacts the backbone.
Whereas the assertion reveals Mars’ plans to now not tour, it didn’t reveal who the band intends to interchange him. There have been rumors circulating in current weeks that Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 could be becoming a member of the lineup, however as acknowledged, no official phrase on who could be taking on the vacant guitarist spot was revealed.
Mars is a co-founding member of Motley Crue together with the band’s present lineup of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. The group shaped in Los Angeles in 1981. The group initially performed what was meant to be their ultimate tour in 2015, however after the success of the movie model of “The Dust” memoir, they determined to come back out of retirement and tour once more. Although initially introduced in 2019, the pandemic compelled the extremely anticipated “Stadium Tour” with Def Leppard and particular visitors Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Classless Act to this summer time.
Earlier this month, the band introduced one other leg of their co-headlining tour with Def Leppard that will take them to Latin America and Europe within the first half of 2023.
The 71-year-old guitarist has handled Ankylosing Spondylitis all through his profession. Talking about it within the 2001 biography, “The Dust,” Mars acknowledged, “My hips began hurting so unhealthy each time I turned my physique that it felt like somebody was igniting fireworks in my bones. I didn’t come up with the money for to see a health care provider, so I simply saved hoping that I might do what I normally do: will it away, by the facility of my thoughts. But it surely saved getting worse.”
“Then, one afternoon whereas doing my laundry,” he continued, “I began having hassle respiratory. At first, it felt like somebody had plunged a knife into my again. However because the weeks handed, the ache saved transferring round my again. Subsequent, my abdomen began burning, and I anxious that my complete physique was about to crumble. I believed that there was a gap in my abdomen, and acids had been leaking out and destroying my bones and organs. I’d seize maintain of doorknobs, anchor my legs into the bottom, and pull with my fingers to stretch my again and ease the stress out.” Mars was finally capable of have hip surgical procedure that allowed him to return to the stage.
Along with Motley Crue, Mars has been engaged on solo music lately as nicely.