Truth Behind Mick Mars Leaving Mötley Crüe Revealed By Legendary Musician: ’I Don’t Wanna Do It No More

In the wake of guitarist Mick Mars giving up on touring with Mötley Crüe, drummer Carmine Appice recently shared a few details on the musician’s status. Appice, who’s famous for his work with Vanilla Fudge, visited Michael’s Record Collection podcast where he reflected on Mars’ decision, ultimately leading to Crüe hiring John 5 as a touring guitarist. Carmine touched upon the issue while discussing the issues with touring schedules. He said (transcript via Blabbermouth):

“We [in Vanilla Fudge] don’t do big tours anymore ’cause nobody wants to do a big tour anymore. Nobody wants to sit in a bus. We wanna go out, do three dates in close ratio, split a van and we fly to the gig, 150 miles, 200 miles, we’re in there for three or four hours and we do the gig.

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“And we go to a hotel and do it the next day. And then third day, fourth day, we go home. Then two weekends later we do the same thing.

“I’m friends with Iron Maiden, with Nicko [McBrain, Maiden drummer]. He left his house in Florida in April. He’s coming home next week. He’s been on tour the whole time, rehearsing and on tour. We’re too old for that.

He then reflected on Mick Mars’ decision, saying:

“I talked to [guitarist] Mick Mars, who’s been touring with Mötley Crüe. He just gave up his seat in touring with Mötley Crüe. And John 5 is gonna tour with them. He said, ‘Man, we did our final tour [seven years ago]. Now we’re out again doing this major tour with Def Leppard.’

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“And he said, ‘I don’t wanna do it no more. I’m sick of being in a bus.’ He said he’s gonna do a solo album and go out and do some gigs. I said, ‘Look, if you need anyone to play drums, I’ll play with you.’ He goes, ‘That would be great.’

“So maybe I’ll do some gigs with him. But it’s not gonna be big tours. It’ll be a weekend maybe somewhere and then go home. Two weekends later maybe a weekend and go home.”

After some rumors spreading online, Mötley Crüe finally announced Mars’ departure from the touring lineup in late October. The said rumors also included talks of John 5 potentially joining the lineup and the band confirmed it not long after the initial statement. Mars is still officially the member of Mötley Crüe.

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