MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. In the interview, Mars revealed that “the band started using backing tracks at their concerts around Dr. Feelgood since the three musicians onstage couldn’t recreate every part of the album live.”
He said: “I remember saying, ‘People know what’s supposed to be there. Will they miss it? Some probably will, but a majority will not. They’ll hear it subliminally the way it was recorded as long as the meat and potatoes are there.’ I didn’t want to fool the audience, but the others wanted to fill in where the holes were. I never liked that garbage.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Mars reiterated his claim that Nikki Sixx did not perform live on bass during the “Stadium Tour” of 2022, restating the allegation he initially made in his legal lawsuit.
“I’ve been with him a long time, and I got fan-based film of him thrusting his arms in the air and stuff when there’s a bass line playing. I’m absolutely positive [he wasn’t playing live],” Mars said. “I think he did that because he felt too much competition from the other bands on the tour, like DEF LEPPARD. I think they made him feel inadequate about his bass playing.”
As previously reported, Mick Mars is currently suing CRÜE alleging that the band reduced his share of earnings from 25 percent to a mere 5 percent after revealing his decision to withdraw from touring. Additionally, he states that the group’s attorneys made him feel as if he should appreciate this minimal portion, as they believed they had no obligation to provide him with anything. Mick also asserts that a complete band gathering took place where they chose to “unilaterally” exclude him from MÖTLEY CRÜE.
Mick consistently alleged that bassist Nikki Sixx was “gaslighting” him by suggesting his guitar abilities were declining, even though Sixx didn’t “play a single note on bass” throughout a recent tour, as stated by the guitarist. Mick asserts that all of Nikki‘s segments were pre-recorded.
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