Motley Crue Secretly Hired Guns N’ Roses Member


If you thought that death warmed up himself, Motley Crue’s Mick Mars was dead, think again. The walking grim reaper, the real Undertaker is still alive and making head stones, sorry, I meant to write headlines, and it’s about “retirement”. Finally, has old Micky realized that there is a time when the sun sets upon one’s childish antics. Well, thirty years too late, but better late than never.

According to Blabbermouth, John Corabi expressed doubts that Mick Mars decided to stop touring with Mötley Crüe of his own volition, hypothesizing that the band’s co-founding guitarist might have been pressured into the decision. I’m sure he was, and I bet it was the younger band members saying he made them look bad. Egomaniacs.

After weeks of rumors hinting at the final outcome, the big announcement came in October: Mick Mars will be hanging it up and handing over his touring duties to John 5 while remaining a de facto band member for other purposes. So, he’s still not entirely done.

At the time, a representative of the guitarist said in a statement that Mars decided to retire from the band due to his ongoing struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis, while Mötley Crüe praised their bandmate, stating: “To say ‘Enough is enough’ is the ultimate act of courage.” Perhaps they should listen and employ their own words. Haven’t the Crue been around for forty years? That’s way too long for my liking.

John Corabi, however, remains unconvinced that the Grim Reaper, Mars, will stay retired. When asked whether he has an opinion on Mick Mars’ departure during a recent interview with “Life In The Stocks“, the ex-Mötley Crüe frontman said (transcription via Blabbermouth):

“I do [have an opinion]. I will just say this: I know John [5] as well. He’s a brilliant — and I cannot say ‘brilliant’ loud enough — he’s a brilliant guitar player and a great dude. But the verdict for me is out until I hear a statement from Mick. The statement that we heard was put together by Mötley and their people. And I’m not totally sure I believe what they’re saying. So I’ll just leave it at that.” Later on, Corabi decided to give a more detailed explanation of his position:

“I don’t totally believe Mick’s reasons for leaving Mötley. And I don’t even know if he left Mötley. I believe maybe he was shown the door. Because as long as I can remember…

“Fuck, when we were doing the ‘Generation Swine’ record, they were complaining about his guitar playing then. And if you really look at all of the records they’ve done since then… The majority of the guitars on the ‘Swine’ record, which is one of the reasons why I sued the guys, are mine.

“They were complaining about Mick the whole fucking time. And I don’t know if he played on ‘New Tattoo’ — I’m not sure — but I know on ‘Red, White & Crüe’, it was D.J. Ashba [from Guns N’ Roses]; on ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’, it was D.J. Ashba; and on ‘The Dirt’ [soundtrack], it was John 5.

“I don’t know. I could be totally wrong about this, so don’t run around and fucking, whatever, put it in print yet, but I’m just saying I’m waiting for Mick’s response. The one that we’ve all heard came from Mötley and their management.”

“Because since that announcement came out, I’ve reached out to Mick and his wife a few times. And Mick hasn’t responded at all. And I sent [his wife] — she’s from Switzerland — so when I was there last week, I sent some photos of the Alps — I was in the Alps — and I wrote to her, and I said, ‘Hey, I’m in your motherland.’ And she wrote back.

“Then I came back, and I was, like, ‘Hey, man, how’s Mick?’ And she goes, ‘He’s fine.’ [And I said], ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ Crickets. So that’s kind of unusual behavior for Mick and [his wife]; they would normally [be] just, like, ‘Yeah, dude. Everything’s cool. Whatever.’

“I don’t know if he’s embarrassed or he’s maybe… Who knows? Maybe he’s angry and maybe he’s being told not to say anything to anybody. Maybe there’s gonna be a lawsuit. I don’t know. But I just know how those guys operate, and I would not be surprised if they didn’t say, ‘Mick, look. You’re in pain. We’ve got John 5. We’re gonna bring him in.’ Maybe throw him a bone — like every time they tour, throw him some money — but ‘we’re gonna move forward with this guy.’ It wouldn’t surprise me.”

“Now, this is all a theory. I know about as much as you guys do. But personally, I don’t believe a word of that statement at all.”

Will he retire forever or won’t he. He certainly should and so should the Crue. Time to grow up.