After the announcement that Mick Mars, the band’s original and co-founding guitarist, would be retiring from live performances, John 5 was named as the replacement.
Mick Mars, the electric guitar star, declared his retirement yesterday on October 27 due to his lifelong fight with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a kind of inflammatory arthritis he’s dealt with since his late teens.
For their upcoming The World tour with Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe has confirmed that Rob Zombie guitarists would be joining Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Vince Neil on the tour and said that he is an “absolutely outstanding musician.”
It read, “While change is never easy, we accept Mick’s decision to retire from the band due to the challenges with his health. We have watched Mick manage his Ankylosing Spondylitis for decades and he has always managed it with utmost courage and grace.
“To say ‘enough is enough’ is the ultimate act of courage,” it continued. “Mick’s sound helped define Mötley Crüe from the minute he plugged in his guitar at our very first rehearsal together. The rest, as they say, is history. We’ll continue to honor his musical legacy.
“We will carry out Mick’s wish and continue to tour the world as planned in 2023. No doubt will it take an absolutely outstanding musician to fill Mick’s shoes so we are grateful that our good friend, John 5, has agreed to come on board and join us moving forward. We’ll see all of you Crüeheads out on the road!”
In response to his appointment, John 5 said, “I’m honored to carry on Mick’s legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs.”
In 2019, Mötley Crüe will hit the road with a reimagined lineup to co-headline The World Tour with Def Leppard. The tour will begin on February 18 in Mexico City. The tour will last for six months and include stops in the United Kingdom, Europe, and South America before wrapping off in Glasgow, Scotland on July 6.