Mötley Crüe Guitarist Mick Mars’ ‘Weird, Special, Great And Loud’ New Project

February 10, 2023

In case you missed it, Country rocker Cory Marks hung out with Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars last weekend and took to Instagram to let everyone know that Mick’s upcoming project “sounds huge”! 


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Marks wrote, “Spent my Saturday hanging out with one of the coolest, sweetest, most kind down to earth bad asses on this planet that I’m lucky to call a friend. So many stories and a lot of laughs talking music, guns, planes, guitars, drums, travel, road stories (he’s got cooler ones than me),health, fitness, zombies, sex, drugs and rock and roll! I now know a lot more about @motleycrue @slash @therollingstones @defleppard and the on and only @ozzyosbourne … yes… If you’re wondering Ozzy did snort a bunch of aunts… @mr.mickmars THANK YOU for having me over and letting me hear your new project…which sounds HUGE. The rock world is in for something weird, special, great and LOUD. Surreal walking into your studio and the first thing I see is a gold record on top of a bunch of @marshallamps stacked up together with my face and name on it and I’ll be sending you a couple more very soon. Don’t be surprised if you see Mars & Marks on more songs together down the road… Outlaws And Outsiders forever.”

You may remember that back in November ’19, Mars did a guest appearance on Marks’ song “Outlaws & Outsiders” – a song that also had appearances by Travis Tritt and Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody.

As you know, Mars announced in October ’22 that he’s done touring with Mötley Crüe. Can’t blame the guy, he’s been fighting with Ankylosing spondylitis since his late teens, a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the spine joints and ligaments and can lead to stiffness over time.

Here’s what Mars wrote about Ankylosing spondylitis in the Crüe’s 2001 biography “The Dirt”, “My hips started hurting so bad every time I turned my body that it felt like someone was igniting fireworks in my bones,” he said. “I didn’t have enough money to see a doctor, so I just kept hoping that I could do what I usually do: will it away, through the power of my mind. But it kept getting worse. Then, one afternoon while doing my laundry. I started having trouble breathing. At first, it felt like someone had plunged a knife into my back. But as the weeks passed, the pain kept moving around my back. Next, my stomach started burning, and I worried that my whole body was about to fall apart. I thought that there was a hole in my stomach, and acids were leaking out and destroying my bones and organs. I’d grab hold of doorknobs, anchor my legs into the ground, and pull with my hands to stretch my back and ease the pressure out.”

Last April, Paul Taylor, a well known composer and musician, was on the “Sonic Dorms” podcast and revealed that he’d spent “the last couple of years” collaborating with Mars on  his solo album, “I wrote most of the record with Mick and [Alabama musician] Jacob Bunton, who sang with [former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer] Steve Adler. Me and Jacob have written a lot of stuff for TV together. I’m really excited to have that come out.”

Mars has been working on his solo album, on and off, for about seven years. Early sessions were recored by now-retired producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Accept, Warrant, Skid Row) at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, where Mars has lived for about a decade.

Meanwhile, in August ’21, KORN drummer Ray Luzier confirmed that he is a featured guest on Mars’s solo album. And in December ’21, former Crüe singer John Corabi said he wasn’t sure if some songs he and Mick had worked on together will make Mars’ solo album. Let’s hope so! That Crüe album with Corabi singing is underrated.

Now to the real question – what should Mick Mars call his solo album?


Written by Todd Hancock