MusicPro (UK) Group News - 23rd January 2012

Mick Mars Says Illness Won't Stop Him Touring!

Mick Mars - Motley Crue

Spondylitis sufferer Mick Mars says that his condition won't stop him touring with Mötley Crüe. Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic degenerative illness and inflammatory condition that results in fusing together of some or all joints and bones of the spine making it extremely uncomfortable and painful for sufferers. Mars previously underwent hip replacement surgery as a result of his condition back in 2004.

Mars told Classic Rock Revisited, "I am able to keep touring. It's one of those things that I call an inconvenience. Of course I have days that are worse than others and there is always some amount of pain with my hips. There are good days and bad days but it is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I don’t feel sick."

Mars also offered some advice to other sufferers and said, "There are a lot of people that go around that suffer from this type of thing and they go to their doctor and he tells them that they'll be in a wheelchair. My advice to them is to go to another doctor because he is wrong."

According to Mick every cloud has a silver lining and he says, "I ended up bent. I can always see my guitar. If I’d been straight then I would not be able to see myself play."

On a new Mötley Crüe album Mars says, "As far as new music goes, I can tell you that I am writing a bunch of new material. Nikki Sixx is writing a lot as well. I am hoping that we will have a new record out by 2013."

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