Recently, Mick Mars talked candidly about his continuous struggle with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a chronic inflammatory condition that causes the spine’s bones to gradually fuse together. In an interview with Q104.3, he discussed the ways in which this illness has affected his life: “What is, is my AS. Regarding it, there is nothing I could do. Now that I’m practically a solid bone, the hard stuff, like flying here and accomplishing this, is a little tougher for me to do. Despite experiencing health issues, the guitarist stated he has remained dedicated to creating music:
“Though it got a little rough at times, I still plan to release a lot of music.” I will never stop as long as my hands, legs, and brain are all functional. Not Planning To Tour. Mars is getting ready for the release of “The Other Side Of Mars,” his debut solo album, on February 23. However, he clarified that he does not intend to tour in support of the new album:
“I suppose I could do one-offs, a residency for a few nights, or anything else. It’s the flying around, though. And after that, there’s, say, Japan. And it’s something like a twelve-hour flight. And it’s just that with all of this junk, you know? I’m 72 years old now; I’m not 30 anymore. The New Record. Due to health concerns, Mars ceased touring with Mötley Crüe a year ago. This led to a legal conflict between the two parties and a period of silence on Mars’s behalf. After that, on October 21, he made a comeback with the release of the lead track from his new album.
The guitarist clarified that this wasn’t the case in a conversation with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk, refuting long-held rumors that the song “Loyal To The Lie” was a “attack” on his former comrades. “There comes a time to call it quits, but Mötley will always be a part of me, my legacy, and the things we did. I loved what we did.” Traveling with this garbage is a little difficult for me. It is what it is, then. However, no. That song is an outright protest against falsehoods, whether they come from cults or—I won’t say—the government, governors, or other similar entities. Below is a link to Mick Mars’ most recent interview.