Mick Mars working on solo project

No word on when the album is expected

Former Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars is working on a solo project. Country rocker Cory Marks took to social media over the weekend to share his experience with Mars at his Nashville studio.

“Spent my Saturday hanging out with one of the coolest, sweetest, most kind down to earth bad asses on this planet that I’m lucky to call a friend. So many stories and a lot of laughs talking music, guns, planes, guitars, drums, travel, road stories (he’s got cooler ones than me), health, fitness, zombies, sex, drugs and rock and roll!” Marks writes. “I now know a lot more about Mötley Crüe, Slash, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard and the on and only Ozzy Osbourne … yes… If you’re wondering Ozzy did snort a bunch of aunts…”

He continues, “Mick Mars, THANK YOU for having me over and letting me hear your new project…which sounds HUGE. The rock world is in for something weird, special, great and LOUD. Surreal walking into your studio and the first thing I see is a gold record on top of a bunch of Marshall amps stacked up together with my face and name on it and I’ll be sending you a couple more very soon. Don’t be surprised if you see Mars & Marks on more songs together down the road… Outlaws And Outsiders forever.”

There’s no word on when the album is expected.

Mars and Marks have a long standing friendship and professional relationship. Marks launched his rise to fame in 2020 with his crossover success with the track, “Outlaws & Outsiders,” featuring Mars on guitar, country music icon Travis Tritt and Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch. The song appeared on his debut album Who I Am.

In October, Mars announced his retirement from the road after 41 years with his iconic group. The guitarist, who has suffered from AS since he was in his late teens, says the struggle is too painful to continue touring.

“Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), he will no longer be able to tour with the band,” Mars tells Variety. “Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigors of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine.”

The next day, the band released a statement reaffirming Mars decision to step away from the band.

“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,” Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx write.

“To say ‘enough is enough’ is the ultimate act of courage. Mick’s sound helped define Mötley Crüe 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!”

Buddy Iahn
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