Mötley Crüe Sued by Guitarist Mick Mars

The co-founding member alleges the band decided to "unilaterally" remove him from the lineup

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Apr 6, 2023

Following the October 2022 announcement of his retirement from touring, co-founding Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars is suing his bandmates.

TMZ reports that in the lawsuit, Mars (born Robert Alan Deal) claims he anticipated still recording with the band and participating in limited performances despite his ongoing struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), which prevents him from embarking on lengthy tours.

Despite his retirement announcement noting that he would still be a member of the band, Mars alleges that his bandmates held a meeting in which they decided to "unilaterally" remove him from Mötley Crüe.

TMZ also reports that the lawsuit claims the Crüe cut the guitarist's percentage of the band's profits from 25 percent to 5 percent, while the group's lawyers "made him feel like he should be grateful for even that small cut, because they didn't feel they owed him anything at all."

Before the announcement of Mars's retirement, Mötley Crüe wrapped a co-headlining North American tour with Def Leppard. Currently, the two bands are touring Europe and Latin America, with John 5 playing guitar in Mars's stead.

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