MICK MARS – Debut Solo Album To Release In 2020

MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars has confirmed that his debut solo record will be released in April, 2020.

Mars is said to have been working on the album reportedly “on and off — for at least the past four years.” The effort is being recorded in Nashville, where Mars has lived for about six years, with producer Michael Wagener (OZZY OSBOURNE, ACCEPT, WARRANT, SKID ROW) at Blackbird Studio.

After a CRÜE fan tweeted on November 25 that he hoped Mick‘s solo record was nearing completion, the guitarist replied: “No one will ever stand in the way of my solo record. Ever. Watch for it in April . 2020.”

This past September, Mars told Billboard about the musical direction of his solo material: “[It’s] not like today’s music, which to me is pretty much pop metal and more growly guys. It’s all cool and it’s all good, and I’m just searching for something that’s just a little different than that. I [also] don’t want to be living in ’85. It’s hard to reinvent yourself, but that’s what I’m doing now. I’m trying to reinvent the way that I approach music writing. I’ve got a lot of crap, and I’ve got a lot of good stuff too.”

Mars said that he has been working with a vocalist named Jacob — with some fans speculating that he was referring to Jacob Bunton (ADLER, LYNAM) — on some of his new material. “[He] can be a lot of different voices, and it’s pretty amazing,” Mick said. “I go, ‘I want this kind of voice here,’ and he’ll pull it straight off.”

In a separate interview with “Talking Metal”, Mars said that his debut solo record will not sound like anybody else. “Well, I guess it’s my own style,” he said. “It isn’t really blues. My playing has a blues element to it, of course, but it isn’t what you would call a blues record. It’s more of a heavier rock thing, but I don’t wanna even try to ‘outheavy’ the heavies, you know what I mean? It’s just something hopefully just a little different than what’s going on now. You’re not gonna hear a MÖTLEY-flavored song, except for the guitar, [because] that’s me. They’re gonna be a bit harder than that, but not as hard as the heavies, like MINISTRY and some of those guys.”

Back in 2016, Mars released snippets of two solo songs, apparently called “Gimme Blood” and “Shake The Cage”. The tracks, which were recorded at Blackbird Studio, featured singer John Corabi, who appeared on CRÜE‘s 1994 self-titled album. Corabi later said that he didn’t contribute to the writing process for the two songs, but that he was open to collaborating with Mars on some brand new material.

The Crue are rumored to be getting back together for a comeback tour in 2020 as well, and Vince Neil is still dealing with criticism for his obesity issues.

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