Mick Mars: “I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Mötley Crüe. I don't regret anything we've ever done – good, bad or ugly” – only in the new Guitar World

april 2024
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The June 2014 issue. That's how long it's been since Mick Mars last appeared on the cover of Guitar World magazine. And, as we all know by now, a lot has happened in Mars' personal "guitar world" since then.

So it's safe to say that – in some circles, anyway – Mars' return to our cover is just as "long awaited" as his debut solo album, 2024's window-rattling The Other Side of Mars. It's an album he's been talking about for years, and it was definitely worth the wait.

For this issue, Joe Bosso sat down with the former Mötley Crüe guitarist to discuss the making of the album and – to be frank – as much Mötley Crüe content as Mars felt comfortable discussing (and it's actually quite a lot). We've also spotlighted 10 of Mars' greatest lesser-known guitar riffs and provided a lesson dedicated to his technique, complete with tab and audio.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.