Motley Crue recently performed for the first time live since being sued by their classic guitarist Mick Mars earlier this month. The glam metal legends headlined day two of the NFL Draft Concert Series.
Motley Crue performs
The band performed a free 40-minute set outside Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, with 6 classic songs that closed with “Kickstart My Heart” accompanied by the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders. Earlier this month, Mötley Crüe have entered the studio with longtime producer Bob Rock to write some new songs, the first music with new guitarist John 5.
Motley Crue’s decision to hire John 5 to replace Mick Mars, the group’s founding guitarist. Mars recently announced his retirement from touring with Motley Crue last October as a result of worsening health issues.
When Mars announced his retirement from touring with Motley Crue, he maintained that he would remain a member of the band, with John 5 taking his place on the road. However, earlier this month the 71-year-old musician filed a lawsuit against Crue in Los Angeles County’s Superior Court claiming that, after his announcement, the rest of Crue tried to remove him as a significant stakeholder in the group’s corporation and business holdings via a shareholders’ meeting.
Specifically, Mars claims he was asked to sign a severance agreement that would divest him of his 25 percent stake in the band’s various business interests in return for a 5 percent stake in the band’s 2023 tour. In his lawsuit, Mars also alleged that he was the only band member to play 100 percent live on their most recent tour, claiming Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx “did not play a single note on bass during the entire U.S. tour.”