Mars gets hip
From page 6 of Classic Rock Magazine Christmas 2004
Guitarist’s surgery enables Crüe tour.
DESPITE WIDESPREAD INTERNET REPORTS, THE dates for Mötley Crüe’s 2005 reunion tour are not yet confirmed. However, guitarist Mick Mars (below left) has had a hip-replacement operation in preparation for the anxiously awaited trek, which the band say will be their last. Mars, who suffers from an incurable degenerative disease known as ankylosing spondylitis, underwent full hip-replacement surgery at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Responding to the leaked itinerary, which included a show at London’s Wembley Arena on June 19, bassist Nikki Sixx (below right) said: “It’s nice to hear that fans, bands, promoters and agents would like to see a Crüe tour. It takes four guys to do it. It hasn’t happened since 1999. All I know is all four of us haven’t been in the same room in six years. Don’t hold your breath.” In spite of Sixx’s denial, he has reportedly put his side band Brides Of Destruction on hiatus for 12 months while the Crüe tour is cranked up.
Mötley’s dates are expected to include drummer Tommy Lee, who flies in for a signing of his new book Tommyland at HMV Records in London’s Oxford Circus on November 18. Lee arrives at the store at 5.50pm.