RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has commented on Mick Mars’s current lawsuit against MÖTLEY CRÜE
After Mick had announced his retirement from the road with MÖTLEY CRÜE back in October, as a result of ongoing health issues related to ankylosing spondylitis, he maintained that he would remain a member of the band, with John 5 filling his six-stringer position while the group was on tour.
In April, Mars filed a lawsuit against the band in Los Angeles County’s Superior Court, in where the 71-year-old musician claimed that, after his touring retirement announcement, the rest of MÖTLEY CRÜE tried to remove him as a significant stakeholder in the group’s business holdings. Mars also alleged that he was the only bandmember to play 100 percent live on their recent “The Stadium Tour“, claiming MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx “did not play a single note on bass during the entire U.S. tour.”
Just prior to Mick’s lawsuit against his former bandmates, iconic drummer Carmine Appice, who is a close friend of Mars, told Ultimate Guitar that he had been talking to the guitarist about his latest split with MÖTLEY CRÜE, saying: “Mick told me, ‘When I was on ‘The Stadium Tour’, I was not happy.
He continued: “Basically, everything was on tape; it was all planned out and ultimately a lot of crap. And Mick is a pretty good player, and so to now let him loose and play the way he wants, that was never going to work for him. The truth is that everything has been weird for a while with MÖTLEY CRÜE, and Mick didn’t like that everything was on tape. Mick told me that people that came to see it could tell that it was all pre-recorded and that everything was on tape.”
Stephen Pearcy discussed the subject in a recent interview with the Waste Some Time With Jason Green show, saying (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, when I first got wind of that… Carmine‘s a great friend of mine, Carmine Appice. And when I saw that, I was just shocked that… He was so close to those guys too; Carmine was very close to everybody, and closer with Mick Mars. So unbeknownst to me too… I mean, look, I knew they did some of that tape stuff back a bit, but I didn’t know it was so overblown, which is crazy. I just didn’t like the disrespect. And you know what? I could give a shit, man.
“I do [solo] shows with Vince [Neil, CRÜE singer]. Vince is my brother, man… That’ll never change. We hit the Strip together. We were the gladiators together. Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist] lived with Nikki.
“Yeah, I thought it was disrespect to brother Mick, as a gladiator. And to Carmine. I mean, holy shit. That kind of bummed me out.
“You know what? Life’s short, man, and a lot of us are dropping like flies,” Pearcy continued. “And you’ve gotta remember — this is 40 years later. The ones that are still standing should give respect to one another.
“So I was a little dismayed at the comment,” Stephen added. “But that’s their trip; it’s not mine. I could give a shit… I understand what Mick‘s going through… “It’s just a drag that it had to go there. And then it snowballed into something even bigger.”
Pearcy added that last year wasn’t the first time MÖTLEY CRÜE had considered replacing Mick Mars. “They tried to get Jake E. [Lee] from my band, from MICKEY RATT, when Jake E. was in the band. It was, like, ‘Are you never satisfied? You’ve got Mick right here. You guys are already ‘Too Fast For Love’. You’re already doing your first record.’ When they released that first record, ‘Too Fast For Love’, if I’m correct, we were still hanging and they were trying to swipe Jake E. It’s very interesting to think about it, actually.”
When asked if it’s true that MÖTLEY CRÜE members Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee had at one time tried to form a band with Stephen and Robbin Crosby prior to Vince Neil joining the group, Pearcy responded: “You know, I don’t know. It’s, like, he [Nikki] was never really happy with him [Vince] either. Hence John Corabi. I don’t know. You know what? It’s a shame, because right now we should all be embracing this ’80s scene.
“I mean, they’re out doing the stadium thing for the second time, except there’s a little fart in the road. But it tells you how much people are still grooving on the ’80s and miss it and want it, and they really don’t give a shit how they get it sometimes.”
You can check out the full interview below.