John 5 Believes Mick Mars Would Want Him To Take His Place In Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe guitarist John 5 sat down with Rock Feed for a new interview, where he discussed his career with the band, which he joined in 2022 as a replacement for Mick Mars. During the interview, the guitarist discussed the new songs he and his bandmates recorded, and when the topic switched to Mars, he stated his belief in how Mars would want him to take his place. John 5 said:

“I think what’s important is that I have such a respect and fondness for Mick. And I think that if anybody was gonna do it, I think Mick would want me to do it because I love the music and I love Mick so much and I love his solos, just like the world does. And I think that’s important. I think that’s really, really important ’cause I hold him on such a pedestal.”

What John 5 Thinks Of Mars’ Guitar Playing

John 5 formally became a member of Mötley Crüe during their Stadium Tour alongside Def Leppard in 2022. As he was introduced as the new guitarist, the band revealed that Mick Mars would no longer participate in the remaining tour dates and future live performances due to health issues. After taking his place, John 5 made sure that there were no hard feelings between the two, and in fact, he even stated he respected and loved his tone and guitar playing during an interview:

“Mick’s tone is incredible, and his playing is incredible. I had to change [guitar amp] heads; I adjusted my sound. I still use a Telecaster, but Mick also used Telecaster during ‘Girls, Girls, Girls.’ He used the Telecaster quite a bit. I have such a respect for and a love for Mars, and he knows that.”

Mars and John 5 Get Along Well

Despite having a public feud with his former bandmates and even carrying the issues to the court, Mars has respect for John 5, and so does the new guitarist. Discussing the matter in a conversation with Eddie Trunk, John 5 disclosed that he shares mutual respect with the guitarist:

“Me and Mick, we talk all the time. We exchange Christmas gifts and things like that, and when I was announced as the guitar player, he was one of the very first texts that I got, and he said, ‘You’re gonna kill it!’ It’s good; it’s not like it’s some stranger coming in. We have great respect for each other.”

You can watch the recent interview below.