Motley Crue Guitarist Mick Mars Writing Songs For Solo Album

Motley Crue Guitarist Mick Mars Writing Songs For Solo Album

January 23, 2010

“I have at least 50 ideas for some new songs for Motley. Everybody in the band writes on their own and has their own thing. Tommy’s doing his solo album, Nikki is doing Sixx:AM again and Vince is touring. And I’m writing songs for a solo album as well. But we’ve got a bunch of ideas we can collaborate on some time”, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars told The Toronto Sun’s Darryl Sterdan in a recent interview.

The timing of Motley Crue’s aptly titled Dead of Winter Canadian tour is all Santa’s fault, laughs guitarist Mick Mars.

“He started it,” cracks the 58-year-old glam-rocker from sunny Southern California. “He said he was going to have us delivered by Dec. 25 and he lied, so now we gotta make it up, to make him look good.”

And just to stick with the Yuletide theme, the Crue — which also includes bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and singer Vince Neil — have been making a set list, and checking it twice.

“The original plan was to do the full Dr. Feelgood album as a 20th anniversary thing,” Mars says. “It was a thing a lot of bands were doing — Judas Priest did British Steel all the way through on their last tour, and Iron Maiden did their whole new album. So it seemed like a good idea. And we tried it, and it was cool. But I felt it had too many ups and downs; I felt we lost the crowd.

“So now we’re doing kind of a mixture of everything — but mostly, it’s the heavier songs from every album. Not too many ballads or mid-tempo songs. It should be a good show.”

Before packing his sleigh and heading to their first date in Victoria on Saturday, Mars — who suffers from the degenerative orthopedic condition ankylosing spondylitis — took a few minutes to talk to us about his health, touring with his hero Joe Perry, and how he and his Cruemates are getting along these days.

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