Last month, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars gained attention as he filed a lawsuit against the band, alleging widespread use of backing tracks during live performances and accusing bassist Nikki Sixx of manipulating him into thinking he had lost cognitive abilities and guitar skills.
In the lawsuit, Mick alleges that MÖTLEY CRÜE reduced his share of earnings from 25 percent to a mere 5 percent after revealing his decision to withdraw from touring. Additionally, he states that the group’s attorneys made him feel as if he should appreciate this minimal portion, as they believed they had no obligation to provide him with anything. Mick also asserts that a complete band gathering took place where they chose to “unilaterally” exclude him from MÖTLEY CRÜE.
Mick consistently alleged that bassist Nikki Sixx was “gaslighting” him by suggesting his guitar abilities were declining, even though Sixx didn’t “play a single note on bass” throughout a recent tour, as stated by the guitarist. Mick asserts that all of Nikki‘s segments were pre-recorded.
MÖTLEY CRÜE responded to accusations of utilizing pre-recorded backing tracks during live performances in the comments area of a Facebook post shared yesterday (May 1). The post showcased a brief clip of Tommy Lee playing the drums at a concert held at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on August 27, 2022.
The band responded to a comment from a fan, who wrote: “Saw the backing tracks tour last yr and paid dearly to see it. It’s a hard NO for me this time around…”
Band then responded: “THIS IS THE SUMMER TOUR FOOTAGE FOR F*CKS SAKE. THERE WERE NO BACKING TRACKS FOR BAND MEMBERS – F**KING CLOWN.”
The comment was later edited to remove “F**KING CLOWN.”