Mick Mars – Then & Now

I was thinking about Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars today, specifically his long & undoubtedly painful battle with the arthritis Ankylosing Spondylitis. I guess Thanksgiving had me counting my blessings more than usual.

Seriously tho, the usually reserved fretburner lives daily with a situation that would send many of us into a surging downward spiral of self pity yet I’ve never read any interview with him that indicates such is his viewpoint. To me, he comes off as down-to-earth & not making a big deal about his burden. The man is a quiet hero.

And as I started thinking about it, I also started comparing his old look – that of almost a heavy metal vampire – to his newer ‘Alice Cooper meets voodoo blues guitarist’ vibe. Not just anybody could pull that look off, especially wearing a hat that could instantly make one think instead of Slash from Guns n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver. But for Mick, it really works. A cool image with a hat that reeks of mojo & still the amazing playing skills to back it all up as more than just for show. I’m sure maybe he has fashion consultants et al, but still – for as long as the dude has been in the business, he still doesn’t come off as some pathetic shadow of his former glory. He’s still relevant – probably more so now than anytime in the past ten years or so. And he makes it look good.

Well anyhow, just thought I’d throw all this out there. Hope I can age with half as much grace as Mr. Mick Mars.

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11 Responses to “Mick Mars – Then & Now”

  1. I dont know how old this is but good job. recogizing the genius that is Mick Mars.

  2. RevMortis says:

    Thank you! It’s been about 2 1/2 years since I wrote this post – still just as relevant as it was the day it was written.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Gnilp says:

    Mick has always been my favorite Mötley!

  4. RevMortis says:

    Yep – he was so freakin’ creepy in the early years, I totally dug it! He’s definitely one of the guitar gods.

  5. SomethingSomething says:

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know I thought your article here about Mick Mars is awesome. Been a Crue fan since before it was cool to like them. Keep rocking. 🙂

  6. RevMortis says:

    Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by!!

  7. Dan says:

    Been a Crue fan since 1983 in junior high and Mick has always been my fave. Great write up about a true heavy metal guitar god that IMO has never gotten all the credit that he deserves. Love ya Mick!!!

  8. rich says:

    yes indeed he is very much humble/and an awesome musician enjoyed their music as long as i can remember

  9. Billy Hancock says:

    Truly loved the nod of respect you gave Mick. The flat out truth is that the man is the reason I picked up a guitar. I’ve been in and out of Punk bands since I was around 16 years old. And the whole time I’ve been chasing his guitar tone. In my very humble opinion he’s the most underrated guitarist of all time. While everyone else was struggling to learn Crazy Train and Eruption I was working out the arrangement of Knock Em Dead Kid, 10 Seconds To Love, Livewire and Kickstart My Heart. While other guitarists o his generation were trying to play a million random notes per minute Mick could hit a single bend…. a vibrato…. or a tremolo dive bomb that you could FEEL. The truth is that any guitarist can tap and play at light speed. It takes a certain kind of artist to perfect a vibrato…. to make people scream in anger or cry in absolute sorry. The man plays from the heart. That’s the difference between the good ones and the BRILLIANT ones. Mick is one of the brilliant ones.

    Billy The Kid

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