Nita Strauss Defends John 5 Regarding Mick Mars’ Legacy

Nita Strauss recently named her 11 favorite metal guitarists of all time to Revolver, and Mötley Crüe’s new guitarist, John 5, entered that list. Since Alice Cooper joined, Def Leppard, and Mötley Crüe on tour, Strauss has had the chance to witness John 5 play and pay homage to Mick Mars firsthand. Strauss said:

“When he’s [John 5] playing the classic Mötley Crüe solos, he’s really doing a tribute to Mick [Mars]. He’s playing it like the record, he’s not embellishing much, he’s not adding a lot of stuff that didn’t fit the song.”

Strauss added that she understands Rob Zombie’s former guitarist‘s ‘grin’ on stage. She expressed:

“And you can just see, John’s a pretty serious guy, I think, a lot of the time on stage, seeing him with Zombie, seeing him with the solo stuff. And to see this shit-eating grin on his face, the majority of the show, I get it.”

Nita also shared that she is on the same boat as John when she’s playing next to Alice Cooper by adding:

“I totally get it because I feel like I look like that on stage with Alice. And it’s just so cool to see him having such a good time doing such a great job and really giving a lot of respect to Mick Mars the original.”

Strauss recalled when she toured with the original lineup of Mötley Crüe in 2014. Alice’s guitarist explained how she initially felt when she saw John 5 take over Mars’ role. Nita said:

“Just to get to watch him [John 5] with Mötley, especially, has been such a treat. Because I toured with Mötley Crüe’s original lineup for two years in 2014 and 2015, and got to see Mick Mars. And Mick was so good, and it was so impossible for all of us to imagine who could step into Mick Mars’s shoes.”

You can read Nita Strauss’ interview with Revolver here.