MÖTLEY CRÜE’s ousted guitarist Mick Mars, 72, is not going down without a fight.
In a sworn declaration filed Monday with Judge James C. Chalfant in advance of a Jan. 16 hearing on whether he is entitled to more bank accounting records that have already been turned over, Mars says he told the other band members about his intentions to stop touring while still being active in the band.
“I made it very clear that I was not completely retiring from the band and would make myself readily available for any other band activity, such as recording, Vegas-type residencies and one-off concerts,” Mars says.
About a month after the end of the group’s Stadium Tour in October 2022, Mars received a draft separation and release agreement “completely out of the blue,” the guitarist says.
“I found the terms of the … agreement to be hideously one-sided and unfair,” Mars says. “I refused to sign it. I spent 41 years of participating in creating, building and maintaining the band, along with the associated globally-recognized goodwill of the name `Motley Crue,’ which is my and the others’ legacy.”
The group made “huge amounts of money” on the recently concluded World Tour that Motley Crue co-headlined with British rockers Def Leppard, Mars says.
“I believe that the other band members saw a tremendous opening to make even more money by effectively taking my share of that money,” Mars says.
Mars co-founded the band in 1981 and came up with the name “Motley Crue.” His debut solo album The Other Side of Mars is set to be released on February 23, 2024.