Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Says That While Touring Mick Mars ‘Was Really In Pain’

Mick Mars: © Glenn Francis, (Toglenn), CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons / Phil Collen: Kevin Nixon, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons
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Last year, Mötley Crüe member Mick Mars shared that he was retiring from touring life; not long after this news came out, the band announced that ex-Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 was joining the band.

Recently, while talking to Linea Rock, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was asked to share what he thinks of the band hiring John 5 as their guitarist; Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe toured together as part of last year’s Stadium Tour and are touring with one another much of this year. While talking about how much of a fan he is of John 5, Collen also took the opportunity to comment on Mars’ health.

Mars’ health has been a big point of conversation recently in regard to his lawsuit against Mötley Crüe. Per a past interview from earlier this month, Mars clarified that while he was retiring from touring due to his health, he was still open to recording music and playing one-off shows with the band. Alongside this clarification, Mars claims that Nikki Sixx has “gaslighted” him for some time now, the bassist allegedly saying Mars has some sort of “cognitive dysfunction.” Regarding this point, Mars has defended himself and his ability to play guitar.

When it comes to commenting on Mars’ health, the Def Leppard guitarist notes that Mars was “really in pain” while on tour. Here is everything that Collen had to say regarding John 5 and Mick Mars (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“The thing with Mötley Crüe, Mick Mars was really in pain.

“We’d done the American tour with him, and he has physical issues. So it was great that John 5 had come out. John 5 is just a wonderful human being and plays great and everything, so he fits in.

“And he really helped the band out, because Mick couldn’t really do that. Traveling is the problem; he was having trouble [with all the travel]. It just was painful. It worked out great.”

What do you make of Collen’s points about Mick Mars’ health?

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