Mötley Crüe Says Mick Mars’ Lawsuit Is ‘Completely Off-Base,’ Band Release Statement

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Mötley Crüe has released a statement in response to Mick Mars suing them. Mars is requesting to see financial books related to the band’s business ventures in advance of arbitration. He’s also claiming that the band has made continuous efforts to kick him out and that they are striving to push him to sign paperwork that would cut his percentage of profits related to the band’s businesses.

In a new update to this story, Mötley Crüe has provided a statement in response to Mars’ lawsuit. That statement is as follows (as found on Loudwire):

“Mick’s lawsuit is unfortunate and completely off-base. In 2008, Mick voted for and signed an agreement in which he and every other band member agreed that ‘in no event shall any resigning shareholder be entitled to receive any monies attributable to live performances (i.e., tours).’ After the last tour, Mick publicly resigned from Mötley Crüe.

“Despite the fact that the band did not owe Mick anything — and with Mick owing the band millions in advances that he did not pay back — the band offered Mick a generous compensation package to honor his career with the band. Manipulated by his manager and lawyer, Mick refused and chose to file this ugly public lawsuit.

“Equally unfortunate are his claims about the band’s live performances. Mötley Crüe always performs its songs live but during the last tour Mick struggled to remember chords, played the wrong songs and made constant mistakes which led to his departure from the band. There are multiple declarations from the band’s crew attesting to his decline which are attached. The band did everything to protect him, tried to keep these matters private to honor Mick’s legacy and take the high road. Unfortunately, Mick chose to file this lawsuit to badmouth the band. The band feels empathy for Mick, wishes him well and hopes that he can get better guidance from his advisors who are driven by greed.”

The declarations referenced in this statement were written by Ashley Zapar (production coordinator), Robert Long (the band’s production manager), Brent Carpenter (Front of House engineer), Thomas Reitz (tour manager), Fred Kowalo (bass tech), Steve Morrison (drum tech), and Scott Megrath (monitor engineer).

These declarations were signed in early February 2023. Several of the declarations from the folks noted above speak to several issues involving Mars. Among the statements provided, one individual said that Mötley Crüe having to use pre-recorded tracks was due to Mars struggling to perform.

Per Long, he wrote: “Mick’s performance during the Stadium Tour was unworkable and very difficult to manage. It began with the band’s rehearsals in April 2022. Mick would consistently forget chords and songs so the band would have to stop and re-teach those parts to Mick to remind him of the arrangements.”

Long also adds: “Mick’s performance caused other issues. Mick’s own guitar tech, Bobby Oberdorftein, wanted to quit. Bobby was frustrated because despite his best efforts Mick’s performance was suffering. I had to do everything I could to convince Bobby to stay on as Mick’s guitar tech.”

Keep a look out for more on this story as it develops.