DEF LEPPARD's RICK ALLEN clarifies it was MICK MARS's own decision to stop touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE: 'he has suffered terribly with pain'
During an appearance on the latest episode of the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast, DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen was asked to weigh in on MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars‘s recent decision to no longer tour with the legendary rock act because of his long struggles with degenerative disease ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the spine joints and ligaments and can lead to stiffness over time, according to the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases. The remark follows former Crüe singer John Corabi’s latest comments that he is absolutely sure Mick Mars didn’t retire, but was fired.
Allen, who most recently toured with Mars as part of DEF LEPPARD and MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s 2022 “The Stadium Tour”, said: “It was Mick‘s decision to really move on and just get to the next part of his life. And we all know that Mick has suffered terribly, terribly with pain; you see it on his face all the time. And I think the only time I ever saw him truly in his element (was) when he was up on stage playing with the band. It was more his decision. That must have been a super hard decision. I mean, it would have been different if the guy was being thrown out of the band, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was a personal choice that he made. And you can’t say that that’s wrong. It was right for him at the time.
“Over the months — well, actually years — that I’ve known him, I really started to talk to him,” Rick continued. “So unassuming. Such a soft, gentle soul. And when I first met him years ago, I was actually quite afraid, you know. (Laughs) But he’s the exact opposite of that — just a really sweet, generous person. So it must have been a very difficult decision for everybody to have to go through that.”
The 71-year-old Mars — whose real name is Robert Alan Deal — served as MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s lead guitarist since the band’s inception in 1981.
A day after Mick announced his retirement from touring last October, the remaining members — bassist Nikki Sixx, singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy Lee — vowed to “continue the legacy.” In a statement, they said: “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.”
The statement continued: “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 Crueheads out on the road!”
John 5 said: “I’m honored to carry on Mick‘s legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs.”
In his statement, Mick said that he had decided to step back from live shows due to his “ongoing painful struggle” with ankylosing spondylitis and while he will continue to be a member of the band, he cannot “handle the rigors” of touring life.
The statement read: “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, 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.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD’s “The Stadium Tour” 2023 tour dates:
February 18 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol
February 21 – Monterrey, Mexico – Estadio Banorte
February 25 – Bogota, Colombia – Parque Simon Bolivar
February 28 – Lima, Peru – Estadio Nacional
March 03 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida
March 07 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque
March 09 – Curitiba, Brazil – Estádio Couto Pereira
March 11 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Arena do Grêmio
May 22 – Sheffield, UK – Bramall Lane
May 25 – Mönchengladbach, Germany – SparkassenPark
May 27 – Munich, Germany – Koenigsplatz
May 29 – Budapest, Hungary – MVM Dome
May 31 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena Kraków
June 02 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks *
June 03 – Hannover, Germany – Expo Plaza
June 07 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival *
June 09 – Hyvinkää, Finland – RockFest *
June 11 – Trondheim, Norway – Trondheim Rocks *
June 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell *
June 18 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting *
June 20 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo SNAI San Siro
June 23 – Lisbon, Portugal – Passeio Maritimo de Alges
June 24 – Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain – Auditorio Miguel Ríos
June 27 – Thun, Switzerland – Stockhorn Arena
July 01 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium
July 02 – Lytham, UK – Lytham Festival *
July 04 – Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park
July 06 – Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park
* Festival date
According to Billboard, MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD‘s “The Stadium Tour” sold 1.3 million tickets and earned $173.5 million, making it the biggest tour of either band’s career.
The biggest market on the tour, which featured support from POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, was Boston, where the four acts performed two concerts at Fenway Park on August 5-6 and sold 64,000 tickets for total earnings of $9.3 million. Four individual shows broke the $6 million threshold: Charlotte, North Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Glendale, Arizona; and Inglewood, California. Average nightly earnings hit $4.96 million.
“The Stadium Tour” averaged 37,520 tickets each night, drawing more than three times the audience that each band previously reached on their own.
MÖTLEY CRÜE announced “The Stadium Tour” in 2019, just months after the band supposedly noticed a massive surge in interest following the huge success of the CRÜE‘s Netflix biopic “The Dirt”.