Mick Mars talks Motley Crue using backing tracks on stage

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars has revealed something that most rock bands of their stature would never admit — Motley uses vocal backing tracks live on stage. During a two hour interview with Eddie Trunk on Trunk Nation on Sirius XM’s Hair Nation this week, Mars revealed that his voice isn’t that strong and that the band uses supplementation live on stage.

“That’s a whole other story right there, son,” he states when asked about his voice during live Crue shows. “That story? Uh, I don’t know. That could get me in a lot of trouble. I could say that there’s like a– let me put it this way, I’ll just say two words and you’ll know — Britney Spears.”

Trunk asked if it was a controversial issue among the band members. “No,” Mars insists, “but I think that it is between a lot of fans — a lot of new music people just discovering us.”

“I don’t like it,” he asserts when asked how he feels about using the backing tracks.

“I can put on a Motley CD and play with it all day long. I don’t want to do that.”

“I think a band like ours — I have to say like 60s bands are about my favorite, ’60s and ’70s bands where they were real three piece bands or four piece bands and just got up there and kicked it out — made a mistake, so what? Sound a little empty here and there, so what? It’s the bigness and the rawness and the people that developed and wrote the songs and made them and presented them. To me, that’s what I really like.”

He continues, “I can put on a Motley CD and play with it all day long. I don’t want to do that.”

The band has confirmed it has no plans to release a new full length album to coincide with “The Final Tour” due to the singles market of today’s music where fans cherry pick the songs they want. However, Mars did confirm that he and bassist Nikki Sixx will be finishing a couple of songs soon and fans can expect at least one new single sometime during the run of their tour, like they did with their latest single “Sex” which they wrote, recorded and released during their Las Vegas residency in 2012.

Mars also confirmed that over half of the Crue’s The Final Tour shows have sold out, totaling over one million tickets, so you better get your tickets now before they’re gone forever.

Mars will next appear on That Metal Show hosted by Trunk on Saturday, March 8th on VH1 Classic. Check local listings.

Hear the entire interview with Eddie Trunk below.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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