“I’ve at all times appreciated him and nonetheless do”
November 1, 2023 | 10:42am ET
Regardless of his contentious break up from his longtime band Mötley Crüe, guitarist Mick Mars has nothing however sort phrases to say in regards to the man who changed him.
In a brand new interview with Guitar World, Mars went so far as to say that the Crüe made a “very smart selection” in deciding on longtime Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 for the job. The latter has been a seamless match within the group after being introduced as Mars’ substitute shortly after Mars declared he was retiring from touring with the band.
“Effectively, I’ve by no means disliked John, I’ve at all times appreciated him and nonetheless do,” mentioned Mars. “He’s been a very good buddy of mine for a very long time. So I believe they’ve made a really, very smart selection with John.”
Mars didn’t delve into his drama with Mötley Crüe, which, has included some nasty exchanges between the band’s camp and the guitarist. As an alternative, he appeared again fondly at his 40-plus years within the band.
“When it comes to that physique of labor, I’m very pleased with it,” he mentioned. “I’ve all my plaques hanging round. For me, it grew to become an excessive amount of of a burden for me to tour. I attempted to be as up-front as I might with them, saying, ‘I simply can’t do that anymore!’ due to my AS [Ankylosing Spondylitis] situation. It stunk, however yeah… I’m pleased with all the pieces Mötley Crüe did and all the pieces we achieved collectively.”
Whereas Mars retired from touring with the Crüe roughly a 12 months in the past, he by no means introduced that we was leaving the band solely. From there, a sequence of authorized squabbles and heated feedback passed off.
Now, Mars is selling his just-announced debut solo album, The Different Aspect of Mars. The report was produced by Michael Wagener, who engineered the Crüe’s 1981 debut Too Quick for Love, and incorporates a musical solid together with Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
“[Luzier] really insisted on taking part in on this album!” Mars enthused. As for the remainder of the gamers on the LP, the guitarist went with a employed gun method.
“It isn’t actually a band,” he mentioned. “I’ve employed some singers — Jacob Bunton did plenty of stuff, Brion Gamboa can also be on the report. He’s so cool… a contractor/building man with a voice like that? Come on! Take heed to him on the songs Undone and Killing Breed, that’s Brion. Then the opposite songs are all Jacob.”
The Different Aspect of Mars is ready to drop February twenty third, and you may stream the lead single “Loyal to the Lie” beneath. Pre-order the album on vinyl right here.