When it was announced that Mötley Crüe was going to continue on without Mick Mars on guitar, most of us were…let’s say, cautiously optimistic.
For as long as Motley has been touring, Mick was always the rock in the band, always with a cool demeanor and looking like a real-life zombie while pumping out songs like ‘Kickstart My Heart’ and ‘Looks That Kill.’
John 5 may have seemed like a strange fit at first, but judging from these shots, he may be the exact guy for the job.
Posting on Instagram just a few days ago, John shared footage of him warming up for the new Motley tour, playing the initial riff to ‘Girls Girls Girls’ and sounding almost exactly like the final record.
While it’s going to take a while for him to match the kind of intensity that Mick could perform with at the best of times, John already seems to have the kind of attitude down to a tee.
It’s not like this is going on without Mick’s blessing, since Motley’s statement said:
“We will carry out Mick’s wish and continue to tour the world as planned in 2023. No doubt will it take an absolutely outstanding musician to fill Mick’s shoes so we are grateful that our good friend, John 5 has agreed to come on board and join us moving forward. We’ll see all you Crüeheads out on the road!”
Judging by the footage here, John might be able to give the rest of the band a bit of a run for their money in the theatrical department.
Having been a veteran of the shock circuit working with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, John fits surprisingly right at home with Motley’s more sinister approach to glam rock, probably because of the dozens of hours working with the likes of David Lee Roth back in the day as well.
This might be a good indication of what’s to come for the new tour, but this isn’t a case of just drafting in some new kid. Mick has always been a key member of Motley, and John seems to understand that he’s celebrating the band and Mick while he’s on that stage.
Watch John 5 Play Motley Crue’s ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’
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— John 5 (@john5guitarist) November 21, 2022