Mick Mars: Mötley Crüe Made Me Feel ‘Useless’ on ‘Generation Swine’

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Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine published a massive feature following Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars. The feature dives into the recent lawsuit between Mars and the rest of the band, the issues that rose over the last few years and more. One of the most interesting tidbits is when Mars went in on the band’s much-maligned album Generation Swine. 

Writer Andy Greene notes that multiple times through the interview, Mars brought up his issues with Generation Swine multiple times. Mars said:

“I don’t think there’s one note that I played. They didn’t want my guitar to sound like a guitar, basically. They wanted it to sound like a synthesizer. I felt so useless. I’d do a part, they’d erase it, and somebody else would come in and play.”

Then-Crue singer John Corabi backs up Mars’ claims, saying “They had no respect for Mick. Mick was just the grumpy old bastard to them. [Nikki and Tommy gave] Mick shit about his finances and the girls he dated. He’d been dealing with over 20 years of this.”

Mars also detailed what went into recording New Tattoo a couple of years later, saying “I didn’t write any of those songs, since I wasn’t invited. I think I got one lick on that album.”

Nikki Sixx shot back in the article, saying, “Mick played lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and any other guitar that’s on that record. And Mick is a guy who wrote some pretty cool riffs, but he’s not a songwriter. And everyone forgets Mick’s health during this time. This is during the period that he had disintegrated into opiate addiction.”

The article also goes onto note that D.J. Ashba wrote most of the guitar work uncredited on their 2008 record Saints of Los Angeles. The article ends with a real kicker, where Mars says in relation to the band, “So I don’t regret anything … besides Generation Swine.

The entire article is a must-read for any Crue fan, or anybody remotely interested in the legal battle that’s taken place over the last couple of years between Mick Mars and the rest of the band.

Read the full article here.