Motley Crue Guitarist Mick Mars is Done with Touring


Motley Crue performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan in 2015.

Motley Crue – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Mick Mars from Motley Crue is officially retiring from touring

Motley Crue famously retired several years ago only to un-retire in a matter of five years and embark on a worldwide “Stadium Tour” with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. At the time, it was understood that the only band member who needed to be convinced to come out of retirement was founding guitarist Mick Mars.

Now, it’s official that Mars won’t be a part of the band’s upcoming reunion tour dates. Members of the Crue have hinted that they plan to continue on their reunion tour into 2024, so it appears Mars has decided to officially retire and let the band continue playing live shows without him.

Motley Crue made the announcement via Variety. In the publication, they issued the statement, “Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Motley Crue 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.” Read the full Variety story on the news here.

Of course, Mars’ exit from the touring portion of the band makes one wonder who will take his place on the road. Time will tell who the Crue taps to fill in on guitar. Changes are, they won’t just nix the tour dates, because it’s obvious that the other members of the band want to keep this reunion tour going as long as possible. The band recently announced a lengthy world tour with Def Leppard for 2023. This is a developing story, so stay tuned for details on who will fill in for Mars on the road.

Anne Erickson
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