Motley Crue, an American heavy metal band, has revealed that guitarist John 5 will join the band on tour after the band’s founder and guitarist Mick announced his retirement. Mick Mars retired due to the ailment of Ankylosing Spondylitis. While Mars will remain a member of the band, his illness prevents him from touring. Meanwhile, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has said that John 5 will perfectly complement the other band members. He said that it is someone they know and like since they had previously worked together.
In response to a fan’s question on Twitter regarding why they selected John 5, Sixx stated:
“He ticks every box. He’s a crazy player. Has respect for our music, is hilarious, and has a history with us, having created some very huge singles together.”
Motley Crue and English rock band Def Leppard are set to tour together in 2023.
John 5 has worked with Motley Crue In the past.
Sixx has previously worked with Motley Crue on three of their original songs from the 2019 band biopic The Dirt. The Dirt (Est. 1981), Ride With the Devil, and Crash and Burn are among these tracks. They also worked together on the title track from Meat Loaf’s 2006 album, Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, with American singer-songwriter Desmond Child.
John 5 was a guitarist for the rock bands Marliyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
John 5, whose real name is John Lowery, adopted his stage moniker in 1998 when he became the guitarist for the rock band Marilyn Manson. He also became Rob Zombie’s guitarist and cooperated with Avril Lavigne, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, and Steve Perry, among others.
John 5 has also worked as a solo artist, releasing 10 guitar albums, the most recent of which are Invasion and Sinner. They will be available in 2019 and 2020, respectively. He also released a remix album, Remixploitation, in 2009, and two live albums, It’s Alive and Live Invasion, in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Why Did Mick Mars announce his retirement?
Mick Mars, the band’s founding guitarist, decided to call it quits after suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis, an arthritic condition.
According to the band’s official statement:
“Mick Mars, co-founder and main guitarist of the heavy metal band Motley Crue for the last 41 years, has revealed today that he will no longer be able to perform with the band owing to his continued excruciating fight with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.).”
The statement went on to say:
“Mick will remain in the band, but he can no longer endure the rigors of the road.” A.S. is a degenerative illness that affects the spine and is exceedingly painful and devastating.”
Mars was diagnosed with the condition when he was 17 years old. It hampered his mobility and caused him much agony. In late 2004, the artist had hip replacement surgery, which exacerbated his condition, causing his lower spine to spasm and freeze. It also caused scoliosis on his back and crushed him down and forward, making him three inches shorter than in high school.