Vince Neil has tweeted a photoshopped pic of the “new” Crüe, with John 5 added in. The original photo of the band was shot by photographer Dustin Jack, and then altered by a fan, with John 5 in place of Mars.
“Cool pic! New Crue!” Neil wrote in the tweet, which you can check out below.
Cool pic! New Crue! pic.twitter.com/VOn4KlaIni
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) November 16, 2022
Rumors recently emerged that John 5 might be eyeing to replace Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars. The band has officially recruited John 5 following Mick Mars’s decision to no longer tour with the band.
Rumors had been floating around that John 5 may now be involved in the upcoming Motley Crue tours going forward. John 5 assisted in songwriting on The Dirt soundtrack and stated in an interview that Nikki Sixx is one of his best friends. Adding to the equation that Mick Mars is nearly 72 years old with some health conditions, this rumor seems to be a rumor that may turn out to be true. Mick has been the only Motley Crue guitarist, but Father Time takes over everyone at some point.
Motley Crue released the following statement confirming recruitment of John 5: “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 Motley Crue 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!”
Added John 5: “I’m honored to carry on Mick’s legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs.”