Mick Mars’ Final Tour With Mötley Crüe Was Painful, Phil Collen Admits

Def Leppard‘s guitarist Phil Collen has provided a candid perspective on the drama surrounding Mötley Crüe‘s guitarist Mick Mars and his departure from the band. In a recent interview with Linea Rock, he shared his observations of the situation, shedding light on the guitarist’s struggles during their joint tour and the subsequent fallout within the band.

Back in 2022, the two bands embarked on a successful Stadium Tour, and they promised to collaborate again in 2023. As both bands prepare for another round of concerts, significant changes have taken place since their last performances together.

Shortly after the end of the 2022 tour, Mars announced his departure from Mötley Crüe, citing health reasons. The band hired John 5 as a replacement, stating that their co-founder would continue to participate in the recording process. Mick himself expressed satisfaction with the decision and welcomed John 5’s addition to the band, as it was indicated by Rudy Sarzo.

However, the harmony didn’t last long, as a lawsuit filed by the former guitarist against the band soon followed. He accused the band of attempting to strip him of his rights and gaslighting him about his health. Additionally, he hinted that the band’s use of backing tracks was a factor in his decision to leave, confirming long-standing rumors.

Moreover, as Mötley Crüe started preparing for their new record and tour with Def Leppard, a leaked in-ear monitor recording from one of Mars’ final concerts with the band surfaced, dividing fans and sparking debates about the truth behind the situation. Having had the opportunity to observe the events closely, Phil Collen weighed in on the matter, too. According to him, the news about Mick’s deteriorating health was correct.

He acknowledged that Mars experienced physical issues during their American tour with Mötley Crüe. He also credited John 5’s arrival for helping the band navigate these difficulties, pointing out that traveling was a significant and painful challenge for the former member.

Collen shared in the interview:

“The thing with Mötley Crüe, Mick Mars was really in pain. We’d done the American tour with him, and he has physical issues. So it was great that John 5 had come out. John 5 is just a wonderful human being and plays great and everything, so he fits in. And he really helped the band out because Mick couldn’t really do that. Traveling is the problem; he was having trouble [with all the travel]. It just was painful. It worked out great.”

The situation involving Mick Mars, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard has been fraught with difficulties and complexities. As both bands move forward with their new tour and album, it remains to be seen how the dynamics will continue to evolve and whether the music will be able to rise above the controversies.