While rumors and speculations have spread since John 5 didn’t appear to share the stage with Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe has officially confirmed the guitarist will replace Mick Mars on the road. Mars recently announced his retirement from touring but wished the band to carry through with their global touring plans. The former Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist, who’s had a longtime friendship with bassist Nikki Sixx, was the clear person to fill in the legend’s shoes.
Mötley Crüe issued the following statement:
“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.
“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!”
John 5 adds:
“I’m honored to carry on Mick’s legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs.”