Mick Mars, the founding guitarist of Motley Crue, will still be a part of the group even if he won’t be touring with them anymore, a representative for the artist told Variety.
The whole statement reads as follows:
“Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), he will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigors of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine.”
Although there was no immediate formal announcement regarding Mars’ replacement as the band’s touring guitarist, there have been persistent whispers for weeks that former Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, who recently ended his tour with Zombie, will step in.
The announcement follows the band’s announcement of a second leg of their co-headlining tour with Def Leppard, which will visit Latin America and Europe from February through July 2023. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Robert Deal, a.k.a. Mars, age 71, has battled Parkinson’s illness since his late teens yet has persevered for many years. In the group’s 2001 book “The Dirt,” he discussed his early encounters with it.