MÖTLEY CRÜE requests in newly filed legal paperwork that the dispute with their founding guitarist, Mick Mars, be settled through private arbitration instead of a public trial as per agreements containing binding arbitration clauses created over the years to handle various aspects of the band’s business affairs, TMZ reports.
Why is this being done? Is it to hide the ugly facts from the public? Is the truth really that damning?
In response to Mick‘s lawsuit claiming that the band tried to remove him as a significant stakeholder in the group’s corporation and business holdings via a shareholders’ meeting, CRÜE argues that grievances must be handled privately instead of in courts. They also seek to have several statements made by Mick removed from his suit, which include claims of substance abuse and physical violence that they deem irrelevant and purely “for the purposes of character assassination.”
TMD broke the story last year that fighting was going within the band before the kickoff of The Stadium Tour when on the last day of rehearsals Lee body shamed Neil and a fight broke out between Tommy Lee and Vince Neil, and it was this fight that ultimately caused Lee to sabotage the start of the tour, by sitting out with a fake rib injury. Lee had been pissed off with Neil’s ongoing battle against alcoholism and overeating, when Lee himself was already clean and sober for a couple of years.
As quoted from The Metal Den via WeAreThePit.com:
“Tommy was making jokes about Vince’s weight problem, and he just kept calling the singer derogatory names like ‘Fat boy’ and ‘Vince Meal’ during band practice, escalating to a big confrontation between the two.
“The worst part,” the source adds, “is that when Vince attacked Tommy, he actually tackled him like a football player, and it knocked the drummer back into his drum kit where he fell onto one of his cymbals really hard.”
TMD also caught Tommy Lee fake drumming along to a backing tape, near the end of The Stadium Tour and this was apparently the catalyst in Mars filing his lawsuit against his former bandmates. In his lawsuit, Mars claimed that he was the only real live performer in the band and all of the other members were using backing tracks and lip-syncing during all of the Crue’s comeback concerts. TMD’s Randy “Rocket” Cody predicted last March that Neil’s singing voice was so trashed from years of partying too hard that he had no choice but to mime along to pre-recorded vocals.
In response to MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s latest filing, Mick‘s lawyer, Ed McPherson, told TMZ: “This is yet another attempt by bullies to hide the truth!”
Mick consistently alleged that bassist Nikki Sixx was “gaslighting” him by suggesting his guitar abilities were declining, even though Sixx didn’t “play a single note on bass” throughout their big comeback tour, as stated by the guitarist. Mick asserts that all of Nikki‘s concert performances were not authentic, claiming all of the bassist’s segments were 100% pre-recorded.
***UPDATED 9/18/2023: Mick Mars leaked lawsuit info reveals he is seeking to gain ‘shareholders control’ of the band he helped to create and named them himself, plus remained one of only 2 (he and Sixx) who was a constant member of the band for 41 years going into The Stadium Tour comeback.
I called it again months before everyone else!!— Randy Rocket Cody (@rocketmetalden) April 6, 2023
Industry Source: Nikki Sixx Fired Mick Mars For “Being too old” And Told The Guitarist “You’re not ever welcome back!” https://t.co/uwuffgzgBy pic.twitter.com/yMIwAAp1AM