Mötley Crüe talks about the retirement of longtime guitarist Mick Mars for medical reasons.
The band said in a statement Thursday that it “accepts Mick’s decision to step down from the band due to health issues” following Mars’ battle with ankylosing spondylitis.
The Mayo Clinic describes ankylosing spondylitis as an inflammatory disease that can cause certain bones in the spine, called vertebrae, to fuse together, making the spine less flexible and causing hunched posture and difficulty breathing.
Other complications of the disease can include eye inflammation, compression fractures and heart problems, explains the Mayo Clinic.
“We’ve watched Mick deal with his ankylosing spondylitis for decades and he always handled it with the utmost courage and grace,” the band said. “Saying ‘enough’ is the ultimate act of courage.”
The band added that they would “make Mick’s wish come true” by continuing their 2023 tour, with guitarist John 5 in place of Mars.
“Mick’s sound helped define Mötley Crüe from the minute he plugged in his guitar during our very first rehearsal together. The rest, as they say, is history,” the band said. “We will continue to honor his musical legacy.”
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Mötley Crüe’s 2023 World Tour follows their North American The Stadium Tour, which involved three years of planning and was delayed by two years due to COVID-19.
The world tour will begin February 18 in Mexico City and will include shows in Peru, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Ireland. .
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