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For the last three days, the industry has been whispering rumors of Motley Crue guitarist, Mick Mars stepping down from his long-standing position in the band to give way to Rob Zombie shredder, John 5. Here’s what we know so far…

There have been a few rumors floating around the industry in the last few days that Mötley Crüe have been looking at options going forward for their tours following their massively successful The Stadium Tour.

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil has recently talked about touring in 2023 internationally with plans stretching into 2024 as well as another Las Vegas residency. What that means is quite simply, the band may at some point have to replace their aging guitarist Mick Mars.

Mars will be turning 72-years old next year, and with his long-standing condition known as ankylosing spondylitis, the guitarist is reaching the end of his tenure as a touring musician and simply won’t be able to endure the demanding schedule with international travel.

John 5 – Photo: Down The Barrel Photography, exclusively for © 2022

So, with that in mind, the rumors of  Rob Zombie guitarist, John 5 as his replacement have been gathering momentum over the last few days suggesting that he is strongly being considered and just might be the guy you will see playing guitar for Motley Crue at some point in the future.

Adding fuel to the fire are reports that John 5 is no longer a part of Rob Zombie’s band. Guitarist Mike Riggs was on stage with Zombie as John 5’s replacement at the Aftershock Festival on October 6th in Sacramento, CA. Zombie didn’t make note of John 5’s absence during the show, merely stating that Riggs had returned after a 20-year absence.

We’ll bring you more updates as soon as we have them.

Oran O’Beirne 2022