Nikki Sixx on Mick Mars: “He’s a little bit confused and being misled”

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Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx has shared his thoughts on the legal battle between the band and former guitarist Mick Mars, who has suggested he was forced out after retiring from the road, not the band. But Sixx doesn’t see it that way. 

“If a member of a band tells you that they can’t tour because of health reasons, you have two choices,” Sixx tells Planet Rock. “You can quit as a band (after) 42 years of work. Or we could look at each other and go ‘are we done yet?!’ We’re really peaking, and we understand (Mick’s) health issues.”

He adds, “We wish him the best and we know that he’s a little bit confused and being misled by representatives right now. But we still have to stay focused on why we’re here.”

As for the future of group, Sixx says Mars’ replacement, John 5, has brought renewed energy to the group. Sixx says that the band seems to “play differently” with new blood in the mix, noting, “We’re still playing the same songs that people wanna hear but it kind of like re-inspires you.”

He adds, “It’s a nice time (for Mötley Crüe) and it’s kind of inspired us to write a little bit. We love our history, we’re very proud of everything we’ve done. We’ve always been really supportive of Mick no matter what Mick was going through. We’re just happy with where we’re at right now.”

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