Mick Mars Accuses Motley Crue Of Faking Performance

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Mick Mars has filed a lawsuit against his Mötley Crüe bandmates, alleging the band is screwing him over financially.

Mick Mars files lawsuit

In the lawsuit as reported by TMZ, Mars claimed that he originally told Crue that he is still available to record with the band and to do limited performances. Instead, Mars said the band instead cut his profits down from 25 percent to 5 percent after announcing his retirement from the road.

He further claimed that “the band’s lawyers made him feel like he should be grateful for even that small cut, because they didn’t feel they owed him anything at all” and that Mötley Crüe unilaterally decided to “remove” him from the band.

Furthermore, Mars came up with bold claims about bassist Nikki Sixx about “gaslighting” him about getting worse at guitar despite Sixx not “playing a single note on bass” throughout the band’s original farewell tour. The lawsuit seeks to allow Mars to have a look at the band’s financials to see if he’s truly getting ripped off.

The following a transcription of a portion of the lawsuit, courtesy of Variety:

“How did Mars’s brothers of 41 years respond to Mars’s tragic announcement [about quitting the road]? They noticed an emergency shareholders’ meeting for the band’s main corporate entity in order to throw Mars out of the band, to fire him as a director of the corporation, to fire him as an officer of the corporation, and to take away his shares of the corporation. When he did not go away quietly, they purported to fire him from six additional band corporations and LLCs.”

“During much of the band’s recent tenure, Sixx continually ‘gaslighted’ Mars by telling him that he (Mars) had some sort of cognitive dysfunction, and that his guitar playing was sub-par, claiming that Mars forgot chords, and sometimes started playing the wrong songs.

“Astonishingly, Sixx made these claims about Mars’s playing while he (Sixx) did not play a single note on bass during the entire U.S. tour. Ironically, 100% of Sixx’s bass parts were nothing but recordings. Sixx was seen fist pumping in the air with his strumming hand, while the bass part was playing. In fact, a significant portion of (Vince) Neil’s vocals were also pre-recorded. Even some of (Tommy) Lee’s drum parts were recordings. Some fans actually noticed that Lee was walking toward his drum set as they heard his drum part begin.”

“Mars, at times on the tour, did play the wrong chords, but not due to any cognitive dysfunction. He was playing live, and his in-ear monitors were constantly malfunctioning, causing Mars to be unable to hear his own instrument. The fact is that Mars is rarely mocked or criticized online. He is a quiet member of the group, who shows up to play, and puts his heart and soul into each performance. Conversely, other band members are often criticized online, particularly Neil, who is routinely torn to shreds for, among other things, not remembering the songs.”