Mötley Crüe Guitarist Mick Mars Retires From Stage: Health

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Mick Mars performing on the band’s 2022 tour

One day after Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars revealed that he would retire from touring, the band has issued a public statement supporting their bandmate’s “courage and grace.” Mars, 71, whose real name is Robert Deal, has suffered for decades from Ankylosing Spondylitis, a chronic form of arthritis. He’ll be replaced on the band’s 2023 world tour by John William Lowery p/k/a John 5.

The band’s complete statement on Oct. 27, 2022:

“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. 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 you Crüeheads out on the road!”

Vince, Tommy & Nikki

Mötley Crüe announced their 2023 tour with Def Leppard one week earlier. It kicks off on Feb. 18 in Mexico with stops throughout Latin America before heading to Europe in May and wrapping up in the U.K. on July 6. Additional 2023 shows will be announced soon. Tickets will be available here and here.

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