The Untold Truth Of Motley Crue's Mick Mars

Mötley Crüe's sound wouldn't be what we know and enjoy today if it weren't for guitarist Mick Mars. For that matter, who's to know if the band would've existed at all without him? Mars is one of its founding members. He's been shredding with them from the beginning and continues to shred with the glam metal band to this very day, through thick and thin. And the Crüe's been known to have a bit of both. They were practically as famous for their wild lifestyle as they were for their seven platinum albums. Their official website describes them as "The World's Most Notorious Rock Band," and while we can't say whether that's entirely factual, we can say that their fame and fortune were in no small part due to Mars.

Unlike a lot of famous musicians, Mars had been planning his career since he was a little kid. Mars, then Robert Deal, saw a country music act at a 4-H fair in Indiana and decided music was what he wanted to do with his life. He told Goldmine that he was only three years old at the time, and by the age of seven, he was playing the guitar. Amazing in and of itself. But there are a few more things you might not have known about Mick Mars.

Debilitating spinal disease

Mars is an oddity on stage with the other members of Mötley Crüe. Where they're moving and lively, Mars tends to hang back, always slouched. It's not just because he's the oldest member of the band. The guitarist has a debilitating spinal disease known as ankylosing spondylitis, a rare condition that causes the parts of the spine to fuse together, leading to a hunched-forward appearance. It also causes a great deal of pain. Mars pushes through this pain to perform. It's not a new disease to the guitarist. He's dealt with it for most of his life.

"I am able to keep touring," Mars tells Goldmine. "I have days that are worse than others, and there is always some amount of pain with my hips. There are good days and bad days, but it is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I don't feel sick."

"There are some things about this thing that I've got that are not so cool," Mars continues, "but there is one thing that is cool: I ended up bent. I can always see my guitar." So — way to look at the bright side, guy. Good for you.

Mars has written several of Mötley Crüe's songs

Mars has written and co-written many of Mötley Crüe's songs. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Mars didn't write anything on the band's debut album, but since then, he's written or co-written many of the band's greatest hits, among them "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Dr. Feelgood." The band tends to credit multiple members for the writing of each song, suggesting that it's usually a group affair, but Mars has written songs with and for other artists as well.

Mars worked with James Durbin to create Durbin's debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, in 2011, according to Loudwire. Durbin is one of the few rockers to grace the stage of American Idol. Shortly after the 2011 season of the show (the one with Durbin on it), Mars tweeted, "in the studio working with James Durbin on a killer track!" To which Durbin responded, "That's Right! Mick F'n Mars! Playing on MY record!! This is so unbelievable!!!" Apparently, Durbin was excited to have picked up the glam metal superstar. Who wouldn't be?

He's branched out to other projects

With all the time Mars has spent playing with Mötley Crüe, he's still managed to branch out into some projects of his own. A few years ago there were rumors of Mars working on a solo project, which he confirmed in an interview with Goldmine in 2012. "Everybody is saying that I'm doing a blues record," Mars said. "It will be a blues record, per se, but it will be more like how Edgar Winter interprets the blues. It will have a '70s kind of feeling, but I will be writing in a more current style of music. I want to mix those two styles together."

One of the musicians collaborating with Mars on his solo debut, Jacob Bunton, told AL that the album was almost finished in February of 2020, but it has yet to be released. Bunton couldn't give an exact date, but he did take the liberty to describe Mars's guitar playing in the studio: "The power goes out it's so loud. It's louder than anything you've ever heard in your life. Louder than a jet engine — I'm not exaggerating. He runs through so many cabinets and heads and everything it is insane, but his tone is just the most incredible thing you've heard."