According to Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars is currently “confused” and being misled by his representatives amid his legal battle with Motley Crue.
As the legal battle between Mars and Motley Crue continues, things aren’t looking good for either band. The guitarist claimed that his band betrayed and fired him, although he only announced his touring retirement and not a complete absence from the music industry.
Motley Crue replaced Mars with John 5, and Sixx recently sent a new message to the “confused” Mars amid the legal battle.
Sixx discussed Motley Crue’s decision to move on with John 5 and the current lawsuit filed by the band’s former guitarist in an interview with Planet Rock.
According to Sixx, when a band member declares that he can no longer tour due to health issues, there are only two options: quit the band for good or spend time looking at each other if they aren’t done yet.
He clarified that Motley Crue members already knew of Mars’ health problems. However, they reportedly could not let the lawsuit affect the band’s current vision. He went on to say that Mars is only affected by his representatives.
“We wish him the best and we know that he’s a little bit confused and being misled by representatives right now. But we still have to stay focused on why we’re here.”
Mars announced his retirement from touring seven weeks after Motley Crue’s 2022 show at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, which was the final stop on their stadium tour. In a statement to Variety, he clarified that he would remain a band member.
Ankylosing spondylitis was diagnosed. According to Versus Arthritis, AS occurs when the body produces extra calcium around the spine’s bones, causing inflammation and pain.
The guitarist first discussed his difficulties in Motley Crue’s 2001 biography, “The Dirt.” He revealed that he had had the disease since his late teens.
He had already noticed that his hips began to hurt excruciatingly whenever he moved his body. Mars chose not to see a doctor due to financial constraints, worsening the condition over time.