Mick Mars has no desire to ever speak with his former bandmembers in MÖTLEY CRÜE ever again
Rolling Stone magazine has revealed a few outtakes from their feature article with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars, based on an interview that was conducted back in May. One of the standout claims is that Mick says the last time the band really spoke to each other was the premiere of “The Dirt” movie back in 2019.
“Nobody spoke to me in 2022 [during CRÜE‘s ‘The Stadium Tour’ with DEF LEPPARD]. A lot of the time felt like I was just playing by myself. You know how you can be in a crowd of people and still feel alone? That’s how I felt that whole tour. I felt used, sad, and inferior. When we played the last show [in Las Vegas on September 9, 2022] I felt relieved. A lot of the pressure was gone. But I was very emotionally wounded. They weren’t just shallow wounds. They were deep ones; the kind you can’t get over.”
Mick added that he has no intention to ever speak to his former bandmates again. “I think all of us would be okay with that,” he said. “And I don’t just mean me with them. I mean them with each other. I don’t plan on having a funeral. If I did, I think maybe they’d show up for that just out of courtesy. But for me, there’s no funeral. There’s no nothing.”
Last October, Mars made the decision to retire from touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE due to worsening health problems. He expressed his intention to remain a member of the band, with John 5 stepping in for him on the road. However, a recent development has seen Mars file a lawsuit against MÖTLEY CRÜE in Los Angeles County’s Superior Court. He claims that after his retirement announcement, the other members of CRÜE attempted to remove him as a significant stakeholder in the band’s corporation and business holdings through a shareholders’ meeting.
Mars’ lawsuit also includes an allegation that he was the only band member who performed 100% live during their most recent tour. He specifically accused bassist Nikki Sixx of not playing a single note on the bass throughout the entire U.S. trek.
According to Mick, the band initiated an arbitration process when he refused to sign documents that would reduce his share of touring royalties to just 5%. In his original filing, he stated that the band chose arbitration instead of a public lawsuit to prevent the public from learning about the disrespectful treatment he endured after 41 years as their “brother.”
Mick Mars has been dealing with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a chronic and inflammatory form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine and pelvis. Despite performing through pain for years, he informed the other members of MÖTLEY CRÜE last summer that he could no longer join them on tour. However, he expressed his willingness to continue recording new music or participating in residencies that involved less travel.