MÖTLEY CRÜE’s JOHN 5 Responds To Backing Track Accusations

John 5 Backing Tracks

MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist John 5 has responded to a video circulating online that purportedly shows him using backing tracks during a performance.

The Metal Den previously reported that fans noticed that John 5 was using backing tracks during CRÜE‘s show in Milwaukee, WI on June 21. Specifically, one user noted that which performing “Wild Side,” John 5 raised his hands in the air while his guitar continued playing. The moment in question can be seen in video below at around 3:55 mark.

Earlier today, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist took to his Instagram to share a video explaining the situation. Description of the video reads as follows: “I just wanna clarify and clear things up here there was a false news story saying I was using backing tracks and I find it very comical so check it out and here is an example very simple technique.”

Check out entire video here:

John 5 stepped in as Mick Mars‘s replacement in fall of 2022. Mick officially retired from touring with the band in October 2022 due to deteriorating health conditions.

In April 2023, Mars initiated legal action against his MÖTLEY CRÜE bandmates, alleging that he was unjustly terminated by his “brothers of 41 years.”

In the lawsuitMick 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.