Mick Mars opens up on Mötley Crüe legal battle: “They’re trying to take my legacy away. I’m not going to let them”

Mick Mars on stage
(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)

Since it was announced that Mick Mars would be retiring from touring last year as a result of his ongoing struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.) – and that he would be replaced in Mötley Crüe by John 5 – relations between the electric guitar player and the band have soured.

In April, Mars sued the band alleging they conspired to fire him, and accused bassist Nikki Sixx of miming on stage. In response, the band asserted “retiring from touring is resigning from the band”, while Sixx denied all allegations of miming and claimed Mars was “being misled by representatives”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.