Former MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars will release his first solo single this coming Halloween, October 31
The specific track remains shrouded in secrecy, but its worldwide premiere is scheduled for October 30 on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” before becoming available across all digital music platforms the following day.
On Wednesday, October 18, Mars initiated a 13-day countdown timer, while “Trunk Nation” host Eddie Trunk shared the following announcement through his social media channels: “Pleased to announce that I will be bringing you the world premier of the first ever solo music from @mrmickmars on #trunknation ! I’ll debut the song 10/30, Mick will join me for an interview 10/31! @SIRIUSXM 103 Faction Talk @TrunkNationSXM . 3P ET”.
Mick Mars has dedicated a significant portion of the past seven years to the creation of his solo album, intermittently chipping away at the project. During the initial recording sessions for the LP, he collaborated with the recently retired producer Michael Wagener (known for his work with OZZY OSBOURNE, ACCEPT, WARRANT, SKID ROW) at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Mars has called Nashville his home for approximately a decade.
In September 2019, Mick told Billboard about the musical direction of his solo material: “[It’s] not like today’s music, which to me is pretty much pop metal and more growly guys. It’s all cool and it’s all good, and I’m just searching for something that’s just a little different than that. I [also] don’t want to be living in ’85. It’s hard to reinvent yourself, but that’s what I’m doing now. I’m trying to reinvent the way that I approach music writing. I’ve got a lot of crap, and I’ve got a lot of good stuff too.”
At the time of the Billboard interview, Mars said that he had been working with a vocalist named Jacob, leading some fans to speculate that he was referring to Bunton. “[He] can be a lot of different voices, and it’s pretty amazing,” Mick said. “I go, ‘I want this kind of voice here,’ and he’ll pull it straight off.”
As of December 2021, the fate of the songs Mick Mars recorded with former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi seven years ago remains uncertain in relation to the guitarist’s upcoming solo album.
Back in 2016, Mars unveiled teasers of two solo tracks, tentatively titled “Gimme Blood” and “Shake The Cage.” These recordings, produced at Blackbird Studio as mentioned earlier, featured Corabi, who had previously worked with CRÜE on their 1994 self-titled album. Corabi clarified that he wasn’t involved in the songwriting process for these particular songs but expressed his willingness to collaborate with Mars on fresh material.
In August 2021, KORN’s drummer, Ray Luzier, confirmed his involvement as a guest on Mars‘s solo album. Additionally, former ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes recently revealed his participation on the LP.
While Mick Mars had announced his retirement from touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE in October of the previous year, he initially indicated that he would remain a member of the band, with John 5 taking over his touring duties. However, in April of the same year, Mars filed a lawsuit against MÖTLEY CRÜE in Los Angeles County’s Superior Court, alleging that following his retirement declaration, the rest of the CRÜE attempted to remove him as a significant stakeholder in the group’s corporation and business assets through a shareholders’ meeting.
— Mick Mars (@mrmickmars) October 18, 2023
Pleased to announce that I will be bringing you the world premier of the first ever solo music from @mrmickmars on #trunknation ! I’ll debut the song 10/30, Mick will join me for an interview 10/31! @SIRIUSXM 103 Faction Talk @TrunkNationSXM . 3P ET
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) October 18, 2023