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Guitarist Mick Mars Has Officially Retired From Touring With Mötley Crüe


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Mick Mars has announced his retirement from touring with glam metal legends Mötley Crüe. The 71-year-old guitarist has struggled with ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory form or arthritis, throughout much of his adult life. A statement on the matter issued to Variety reads:

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. 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.”

There has been rumors abound for awhile now that Mars would be stepping down and that John 5, who recently went missing from his post in Rob Zombie‘s band, will be taking over. John 5 himself has seemingly been playing into those rumors, having shared a throwback photo with Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil just recently.

Having successfully completed their reunion tour alongside Def Leppard and more this past summer, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard will once again be teaming up in the new year for below tours of Latin America and Europe and the UK:

02/18 Mexico City, MEX – Foro Sol
02/21 Monterrey, MEX – Borrego Sports Center
02/25 Bogota, COL – Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar
02/28 Cercado De Lima, PER – Estadio Nacional
03/03 La Florida, CHL – Estadion Bicentenario de La Florida
03/07 Sao Paulo, BRA – Allianz Parque
03/09 Curitiba, BRA – Couto Pereira Stadium
03/11 Porto Alegre, BRA – Arena do Gremio

05/22 Sheffield, UK – Bramall Lane
05/25 Monchengladbach, GER – SparkassenPark
05/27 Munchen, GER – King’s Square
05/29 Budapest, HUN – MVM Dome
05/31 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
06/02 Hlavni Mesto Praha, CZE – Prague Rocks
06/03 Hannover, GER – Expo Plaza
06/07 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
06/09 Hyvinkaa, FIN – Rockfest Finland
06/11 Trondheim, NOR – Trondheim Rocks
06/15 Kobenhavn, DEN – Copenhell
06/18 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/20 Milano, ITA – Ippodromo del Galoppo di San Siro
06/23 Oeiras, POR – Passeio Maritimo de Alges
06/24 Rivas-Vaciamadrid, SPA – Auditorio Miguel Rios
06/27 Thun, SWI – Stockholm Arena
07/01 London, UK – Wembley Stadium
07/02 Lytham Saint Annes, UK – Lytham Festival
07/04 Rathfarnham, IRE – Marlay Park
07/06 Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park

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