Confirmed! — John 5 to replace guitarist Mick Mars in Mötley Crüe

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Confirmed! — John 5 to replace guitarist Mick Mars in Mötley Crüe

The rumours were true after all! Metal Sludge announced back on October 7, 2022 that now former Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 was set to replace guitarist Mick Mars in Mötley Crüe and that is exactly what has happened. It shouldn’t be a surprise since neither the Mötley Crüe camp, nor the John 5 camp addressed this “rumour” when it first surfaced and up to today’s announcement.

Mötley Crüe issued the following statement earlier today:


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!”

Vince, Tommy & Nikki

“I’m honored to carry on Mick‘s legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs.” John 5

Of note, Mötley Crüe‘s statement does not comment on Mars continuing with the band in any capacity while the statement reportedly released by the Mars camp yesterday and as reported by Variety indicates that the guitarist was simply no longer able to tour with the band but would continue on with the group.