Mick Marsguitarist of Motley Crue 41 years ago, he initiated a lawsuit that exposed deep and seemingly hostile divisions between him and the other three members of the group.
The lawsuit requires the gang to disclose details of internal financesto see if he’s getting his due, but the file is full of details including the accusation of wanting to kick him out.
The documents entered the Los Angeles County courthouse on Thursday through Mars’ attorney Edwin F. McPherson. He says the group deliberately failed to give him financial details about the assets he owns 25%.
Additionally, the group offered him 5% of the profits from the current tour, which Mars does not participate in, in exchange for keeping him out of future business. He also adds that they made him realize that he should be grateful for even that small part, making him feel like they don’t owe him anything.
Mick Mars, who is it founding member of Motley Crüehe says he made it clear that he could continue recording with the band and do some gigs, but that he couldn’t face a full tour in his current health condition.
He concludes that there was a group meeting where they unilaterally decided to remove him from the band.
Finally, the guitarist accuses bassist and leader Nikki Sixx of manipulating him into questioning his own talent as a guitarist, saying he didn’t play well live.
AND accuses Sixx of not playing a single bass note on the last toursince its parts have been recorded.
The band recently arrived in Argentina without Mick Mars but there have been no further details on his absence, with the exception of “recurring covid” and his spinal problems.
A rep from Mars said this last year the guitarist is no longer able to tour due to the worsening of his long-standing back problemankylosing spondylitis.
“Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, announced today that due to his ongoing painful bout with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), he will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but he can no longer handle the rigors of the road. AS is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, affecting the spine.
Upon Mars’ retirement, Mötley Crüe released the following statement: “While change is never easy, we accept Mick’s decision to leave the band due to ill health. We have seen Mick manage his ankylosing spondylitis for decades and he has always done it with the utmost courage and grace. Saying ‘enough is enough’ is the ultimate act of courage.”
“Mick’s sound has helped define Mötley Crüe from the moment he plugged his guitar into our first rehearsal together. The rest, as they say, is history. We will continue to honor his musical legacy.
“We will fulfill Mick’s wish and continue to tour the world as planned in 2023. It will undoubtedly take an absolutely outstanding musician to fill Mick’s place, so we are grateful that our good friend, John 5, has agreed to join. We’re moving forward. We’ll see all of you Crüeheads on the road!”
Today, it seems, relations are not so friendly and a long test is coming.
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