“I’ve been wanting to do this solo thing for a very long time. I had to do stuff with Mötley… now it’s my time”: Mick Mars opens up about his surprisingly heavy solo debut and life after the Crüe

Mick Mars
(Image credit: Seraina Mars)

It’s been an eventful year for the man born Robert Alan Deal, best known around the world under the pseudonym Mick Mars. As the co-founding guitarist of Mötley Crüe, his iconic riffs and solos were instrumental in popularizing a new sound for the 1980s, leading to an entire wave of leather-loving glam bands falling under the umbrella ‘hair metal’.

And though it was bassist Nikki Sixx who responsible for penning the lion’s share of their material, Mars did have a hand in co-writing some of the group’s most famous tracks, from the bluesy brilliance of Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) to strip club anthem Girls, Girls, Girls and palm-muted juggernaut Dr. Feelgood.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).