In a brand new interview with “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen And Shane McEachern”, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars spoke in regards to the early days of the Sundown Strip and working in the identical circles as a number of the different legendary guitarists from the period.
“Randy [Rhoads] and I did not know one another, however I went to see him just a few occasions at Starwood when he was with QUIET RIOT — proper earlier than Ozzy [Osbourne] stole Rudy [Sarzo] and Randy,” Mars mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “And I noticed him a few occasions, and I went, ‘That child’s actually, actually an excellent participant.’ So I went to see him a few occasions. And I wasn’t stunned that he received there with Ozzy, nevertheless it was cool to see that. However Eddie Van Halen was working round at the moment too. And Ed and I am going means, means again, when he was, like, 19 years previous. Ed and I have been, like, not shut friends or something, however we knew one another. We might goof round and inform jokes, and that sort of stuff, and that was a blast. So, yeah, [they were] just a few of the blokes that I totally respect throughout that point.”
Mars was additionally requested about different guitarists taking part in Eddie Van Halen‘s licks, significantly because it pertains to the upcoming 2024 tour that includes Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham that can focus largely on the music of VAN HALEN. He mentioned: “Nobody can ever duplicate [Eddie]. Nobody. I imply, look how many individuals are attempting to mimic Jimi [Hendrix] in spite of everything these years. It would not work. You possibly can hit the notes, however you understand what? The arms, your really feel, the best way that you simply join together with your guitar, or no matter instrument that it’s you are taking part in, is completely different.”
He continued: “While you get any individual pretty much as good as Satriani that goes, like, ‘I can not play this lick,’ an Eddie lick…. He is Eddie Van Halen. Or he is Randy Rhoads, dude. You will by no means copy it. You possibly can mimic it, however not copy it. In order that’s the best way I really feel. In the event you can stand behind a curtain, you’ll be able to definitely inform who’s who.”
Mick‘s solo album, “The Different Aspect Of Mars”, will likely be launched on February 23, 2024. The trouble will likely be made out there through Mick‘s personal label 1313, LLC, in partnership with MRI.
Birmingham, Alabama rocker Jacob Bunton collaborated extensively with Mars on “The Different Aspect Of Mars”.
Bunton had beforehand labored with former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler and CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer, and has songwriting credit with Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson, amongst others.
Bunton sings lead on all however two of the 12 songs on “The Different Aspect Of Mars”.
Different friends on the LP embrace WINGER/ALICE COOPER keyboardist Paul Taylor, KORN drummer Ray Luzier, and Brion Gamboa, who dealt with lead vocals on the songs “Undone” and “Killing Breed”.
Bunton beforehand fronted the Alabama bands MARS ELECTRIC and LYNAM.
In October, Mars shared “Loyal To The Lie”, the lead single from “The Different Aspect Of Mars”, together with a music video that includes imagery from traditional horror movies and photos of notorious serial killers.
When Mars introduced his retirement from touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE in October 2022 because of worsening well being points, he maintained that he would stay a member of the band, with John 5 taking his place on the street. Nonetheless, he has since filed a lawsuit in opposition to MÖTLEY CRÜE in Los Angeles County’s Superior Court docket, claiming that, after his announcement, the remainder of CRÜE tried to take away him as a big stakeholder within the group’s company and enterprise holdings through a shareholders’ assembly.
Mars — whose actual title is Robert Alan Deal — served as MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s lead guitarist because the band’s inception in 1981.