Motley Crue’s Mick Mars Stops Filming E! News UK

Mick Mars, the ax killer of Mötley Crüe, has retired.

The 71-year-old co-founding member of ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ was lead guitarist for four decades and heroically continued to perform all those years despite immense pain from severe arthritis in his spine, caused by the degenerative “disabling” disease Ankylosing spondylitis.

A statement read: “Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, today announced that due to his painful battle with ankylosing spondylitis, he will no longer be able to tour with The band.

“Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can’t stand the rigors of the road any longer.

“AS is an extremely painful and debilitating degenerative disease that affects the spine.”

The rocker’s pain became so intense at one point that he became addicted to painkillers.

Mick managed to make the troupe on tour after successfully undergoing hip surgery.

He recalled in 2008: “I kept going from bad to worse and just stopped playing guitar for almost two years.

“Today it’s not that bad, but back then when I was stoned and Mötley was taking a break, I knew if I didn’t stop I was going to die. In the end, I had to see a neuropsychiatrist to straighten me out and he said, “Just hold the guitar for an hour a day, don’t play, hold it. It was pretty weird, but I got through it, and at least ultimately I think I’m actually a better player because of that.

The news comes shortly after Mötley – also featuring Vince Neil, 61, Tommy Lee, 60 and Nikki Sixx, 63 – announced a joint stadium tour with Def Leppard next year.

After coming to North America this year, the group “Home Sweet Home” will bring their epic show to the rest of the world.

They said in a statement: “We had an amazing time playing ‘The Stadium Tour’ in North America this summer and we are really looking forward to touring the world with ‘The World Tour’ in 2023.

“Crueheads in Latin America and Europe: get ready! We’re picking you up and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!”

Mick’s replacement has yet to be announced.

There were whispers of Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 replacing Mick, but he denied that in a since-deleted post.