Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars has officially announced his retirement from touring. A representative for the guitarist issued the following statement to Variety:
“Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), he will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigors of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine.”
This news follows recent rumors that seem to suggest that John 5 may be joining the band.