When Mick Mars Responded To The Accusations Of Being A Van Halen Copycat
Mötley Crüe has actively been performing since 1981, and they built a worldwide reputation as one of the most notorious bands in the music industry. Their stage performances reflected their high-energy personalities and gave their fans a good time, and the band members definitely enjoyed being on stage. Every performance was like a party to them, and the concerts were blissful.
The band entered the rock and roll scene while Van Halen had established its spot eight years ago. Their shows were also energetic, and the guitarist Eddie Van Halen had a reputation for being one of the most talented guitarists in the world and has contributed a lot to the rock and roll world. Crüe and Van Halen had encountered a couple of times and even went on a tour together.
Did Mötley Crüe Try To Be Like Van Halen?
Mötley Crüe opened for Van Halen in 1984, but the band was still in their earlier years in performing, and Van Halen had already established a stable career. Apparently, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Vince Neil were in their ‘biting’ phase, and they would bite the people they loved. Hence, Neil bit Eddie Van Halen’s hand, which struck a fight between the two bands, and risked Mötley’s appearance with Van Halen.
However, there was another interesting dispute that surfaced around that time. Crüe was blamed for trying to be like Van Halen and copy them. Perhaps their energetic shows or influence led people to think that, but it could have also been difficult for the fans to somehow distinguish the two rock and roll bands from each other in that era.
However, according to Mick Mars, the band was wrongfully considered a ‘copycat’ of Van Halen, and he certainly disagreed with this. During an interview shortly after their tour, he stated that they were a three-piece in terms of instruments, but they still didn’t sound alike.
Here are Mars’ words about Van Halen in 1985:
“I knew Van Halen for such a long time, and it felt like this band was starting to fall into the category of being a copy Van Halen. I wouldn’t do that because it’s been done. Because we’re three-piece like Van Halen and that kind of stuff but, it was still not the same.”
Regardless, it seems like Van Halen took the ‘influenced’ aspect more seriously than they should. More recently, Crüe proposed David Lee Roth to open for them during their upcoming Stadium Tour. However, Roth replied by saying that he doesn’t open for bands he influenced. This received a lot of backlash from fans but, Sixx stated that he understands where he’s coming from.
You can listen to Mars’ 1985 interview below.