Former Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars, renowned for his electrifying performances, opens up about a challenging period he faced in the early 2000s. While the band was on hiatus, Mars found himself living in a mold-infested home, leading to a profound impact on his health and well-being.
During a hiatus after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Mick Mars sought solace in his Malibu home. Unbeknownst to him, deadly mold began to spread throughout the house, exacerbating an already difficult situation. Isolated and without the structure of touring or recording, Mars fell into excessive drinking and turned to prescription medications such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Lortab. The mold infestation took its toll, leading to hallucinations and a terrifying state of mind.
Mars stated: “I used to see giant reptile aliens at the end of my bed, and little hairy aliens. At night, cat people used to come in, the kind my mother used to warn me might come and steal my breath. Luckily, I figured out that I was hallucinating. Other people never do, and wind up jumping out of windows.”
As reported by People, Recognizing the need for change, Mars eventually made the courageous decision to leave the mold-infested home. Shortly before Mötley Crüe’s 2005 reunion tour, he underwent hip-replacement surgery, marking a turning point in his physical health. During this period, Mars found support in his bandmate Nikki Sixx, who played a crucial role in helping him seek medical assistance and providing emotional support.
Today, Mick Mars is in a better place, having married Seraina Schönenberger in 2013. Although the difficulties he faced have left a lasting impact, he has managed to rebuild his life. However, he remains realistic about his future, expressing the belief that he may have only seven or eight years left. Despite this, Mars retains a burning desire to make the most of his time and continue pursuing his passion for music.
Mars closed: “I’m old enough, man. I’m not going to live to be 85 or 90, I just have a feeling. I don’t want to, either. My brain doesn’t want this ugly-ass body that’s all f—-ed up to keep going. I wish I could just take the information out of my brain, put it on a chip and into somebody else, or a robot. There’s still a lot of stuff going on up there.”
Mick Mars’ life has been a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and tribulations. Overcoming the challenges of mold-infested living conditions and his subsequent health struggles, he has emerged stronger than ever. Despite ongoing legal battles, Mars remains committed to preserving his place in rock history. As fans, we eagerly anticipate the music that will emerge from this resilient guitarist and wish him continued success.