Mick Mars, the guitarist for the legendary band Motley Crüe, is done touring with them. “Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Motley Crüe for the past 41 years, announced today that he will no longer be able to tour with the band because of his ongoing, painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.),” a representative for the 71-year-old musician told Variety on Wednesday about Mars’ degenerative disease. “Mick will stay in the band, but he can’t take the stress of being on the road any longer.
A.S. is a degenerative disease that affects the spine that makes it very painful and hard to move.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says that ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the joints and ligaments of the spine. Over time, this can make the spine stiff.
On Thursday, the band said that guitarist John 5, who has been on tour with Marilyn Manson, will replace Mars on the road. In the band’s statement, he said, “I’m honored to carry on Mick’s legacy, and I’m looking forward to playing these songs.”
Mötley Crüe members Vince Neil, 61; Tommy Lee, 60; and Nikki Sixx, 63, will embark on a tour in 2023 alongside Def Leppard across Latin America and Europe. Fans were told that Mars will “continue to be a member of the band” even though he won’t be touring. The crew hasn’t released new music since 2008.
Mars has talked about his experiences with the disease before, including in “The Dirt,” the band’s biography from 2001.
“Every time I turned my body, my hips hurt so much that it felt like someone was setting off fireworks in my bones. I didn’t have enough money to go to the doctor, so I just kept hoping I could do what I usually do: will it away with the power of my mind. But it kept getting worse.” Also, Read Watch Wisconsin Volleyball Team Leaked Unedited Video
“Then, one afternoon while I was doing my laundry, I had trouble breathing,” he said. At first, it felt like someone had stabbed me in the back with a knife. But as the weeks went by, the pain in my back kept moving around. Then my stomach started to hurt, and I was afraid my whole body was going to fall apart. I thought my stomach had a hole and that acid was leaking out and hurting my bones and organs. I would grab doorknobs, plant my feet on the ground, and pull with my hands to stretch out my back and relieve the pressure.
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