Final yr, Loudwire reported on ex-Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars’ resolution to retire from touring with the group as a result of his “painful battle with [degenerative disease] Ankylosing Spondylitis” (as his official assertion learn). In a brand new interview with Out of the Box podcast host Jonathan Clarke (on New York Traditional Rock station Q104.3), Mars provided an replace on how the arthritic illness has affected his physique, in addition to what the long run holds for his musical endeavors.
Mars appeared on the present to debate his former band, in addition to his upcoming debut solo album – The Different Aspect of Mars – which is ready to launch in early 2024. Earlier than diving into any of that, although, Clarke requested about his well being, commenting: “We hope you’re doing nicely and wholesome.”
Mars jovially defined:
Oh, yeah. I’m high-quality, you already know? My A.S. is what it’s. There’s nothing I can do about that. From the pains [and] the laborious stuff, like flying right here and doing this. That crap is just a little tough for me to do these days as a result of I’m virtually a stable bone now. It bought just a little tough, however that doesn’t imply I’m not gonna do loads of music. So long as my mind and palms and legs work, I’m by no means stopping!
Later, Clarke requested Mars if “there’s a distant risk that [he] may do a restricted form of stay efficiency factor someplace, someday, perhaps New York, L.A., [or] Nashville?”
Candidly, Mars replied: “I might say if there was, like, a one-off or a residency for a few nights or no matter, I may try this. But it surely’s the flying round, you already know? Let’s say Japan, [which is] a 12-hour flight or one thing. Getting older, and with this crap, [it’s like] a beating. . . . I’m not 30 anymore; I’m 72-years-old.”
You possibly can see the complete interview under.
To his level, Mars as at all times vowed not let the illness – which causes fusing and irritation within the backbone and pelvis, and with which he was diagnosed at the age of 17 – get in the best way of his work. The truth that his first solo LP is on the horizon (with its first single, “Loyal to the Lie,” arriving final month) is a good testomony to that.
Talking of The Different Aspect of Mars, it options a wide array of guests, equivalent to former Winger and Alice Cooper keyboardist Paul Taylor; Korn drummer Ray Luzier; and bassist Chris Collier (who additionally combined and mastered the document). It’s even produced by legendary engineer Michael Wagener, whose earlier credit embrace Mötley Crüe’s 1981 debut – Too Fast for Love – in addition to Overkill’s Under the Influence and Megadeth’s So Far, So Good…So What!
In case you missed it, Mars just lately joined Chuck Armstrong on Loudwire Nights, the place the pair chatted concerning the upcoming album, why bands succumb to the dreaded “sophomore slump” and extra. Earlier this month, Mars additionally revealed why the songs he recorded with ex-Mötley Crüe vocalist John Corabi don’t seem on The Different Aspect of Mars.
Lastly, The Different Aspect of Mars can be out on Feb. 23, 2024, and you may pre-order it here.
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