The turbulent Motley Crue reunion saga has entered a new, contentious chapter. Although it was initially believed that the current incarnation of the band would be limited to touring, the relationship has evolved into a deeper partnership.
In the midst of an ugly legal battle with founding guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx has announced via social media that writing sessions with drummer Tommy Lee have expanded to include current touring guitarist John 5.
In a series of recent Tweets, Sixx expanded on the writing process and confirmed the expanded involvement of John 5, saying: “We are writing. The creative process of songwriting has always been the heartbeat of our band. We’re gonna go in the big studio next week and record a few off the floor and see where it goes. We don’t have a definitive plan at this point. Just letting the songs guide us.”
The news of new Motley Crue material without the presence of Mick Mars will likely pour gas on an already raging fire. Although Mars stepped away from touring duties last year, the famed guitarist anticipated being involved with new music and occasional live shows. However, Motley Crue considered his absence from the road an official retirement from all band business. These developments have led to a series of tense exchanges between fellow musicians on social media and in the press
Motley Crue has actively been playing concerts with John 5 in Mars’ place on guitar. Given John 5’s involvement in the writing process, the future of the influential glam rock titans remains somewhat uncertain. The band has undergone countless temporary lineup changes over the years, but nothing has played out as bitterly as the current situation.
Up until this point, Mick Mars has served an integral role in Motley Crue, playing guitar on every one of the band’s releases.