Mick Mars Officially Retires From Touring With Mötley Crüe Due to ’Degenerative Disease’

Through a new report by Variety, it has been revealed what some have been speculating for a while — Mick Mars will be retiring from touring with Mötley Crüe. The news came through an official statement by Mick’s representative. You can read the statement below.

“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.”

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At the moment, it’s still not clear who will replace Mick. However, there have been some speculations that it will be former Rob Zombie guitarist John 5. At the moment, there’s just one comment, that has been deleted, where John 5 has shot down these rumors. However, the problem is that the said comment was one year old and fans are now pointing out that John 5 deleted it.

Yes, it’s just internet drama at this point. But this could potentially be a sign that something has been brewing for a while without the public’s knowledge. This is a developing situation so we’ll keep you posted.

Photo: Alec MacKellaig (Mötley Crüe – 2005)

David Slavkovic

David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at Ultimate-Guitar.com, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor.

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