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Crüeheads Say Goodbye To Mick Mars As He Announces His Retirement From Mötley Crüe

Crüeheads Say Goodbye To Mick Mars As He Announces His Retirement From Mötley Crüe

Whether you discovered Mötley Crüe through your metal head relative, the oldies station, or The Dirt on Netflix, these rock legends made an impact on popular culture. Originally formed in January 1981 after Nikki Sixx departed from the band London, he began working with Tommy Lee and former vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon. Following Leon’s departure, the band went through a few more changes before securing the final two members: Vince Neil and Mick Mars. For decades the group went through hardships, line-up swaps, and public scandals but continued to make music that will last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, all legacies must come to an end. Mötley Crüe recently released a statement announcing the retirement of guitarist Mick Mars.

“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 the utmost courage and grace. 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!”

Vince, Tommy & Nikki

Image Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Mick Mars was born in Indiana and relocated to California with his family. After dropping out of high school, he unsuccessfully moved through the Cali music scene before putting an ad in the paper describing himself as a “loud, rude, and aggressive guitar player.” Tommy and Nikki reached out, and as their statement says, the rest was history. A lot of Mick’s story (including his audition for the band and his diagnosis) is depicted in the 2019 Netflix film The Dirt; Mick Mars is played by Welsh actor Iwan Rheon.

To celebrate the end of an iconic era and bid farewell to the incredibly talented Mick Mars, let’s take a look at our top three Mötley Crüe singles!

‘Live Wire’

Considered their debut single from their first album, Too Fast For Love, this song is an absolute classic. Although “low budget,” the music video is full of the personality, energy, and stage theatrics that make Mötley Crüe so electric.

‘Kickstart My Heart’

The second single from their fifth studio album, DR. FEELGOOD, the song was released in November 1989. Written by Nikki Sixx, it is believed to have been inspired by the night paramedics had to inject him with adrenaline, “kickstarting his heart”; the song went on to reach #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is often popular at sporting events.

‘Home Sweet Home’

Released in 1985 on their third studio album, Theatre of Pain, this power ballad struck a chord in the heart of the masses and is probably one of their most recognizable tracks. It has been covered by various artists, including Carrie Underwood, Todrick Hall, and even comedian Rob Corddry for the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.

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From all of us Crüeheads here at The Honey POP, we want to say thank you to Mick. Thank you for your contribution to rock music, and thank you for your strength. You will always be a legend. Help celebrate Mick by heading on over to Spotify and having your own jam session (we definitely will be!). You can still see Tommy, Vince, and Nikki up to all their usual tricks on tour next year.

What’s your favorite Mötley Crüe song? Let us know on Twitter @thehoneypop. Then stop over to Facebook or Instagram and share your goodbye letter to Mick.


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