Nikki Sixx Defends Motley Crue Against Mick Mars’ Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties
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Nikki Sixx has responded to the lawsuit against Mötley Crüe brought by their former guitarist Mick Mars.
Robert Alan Deal, also known as Mick Mars, was forced to retire last October due to his ongoing struggle with Ankylosing spondylitis, a form of spinal arthritis. He is now suing Mötley Crüe claiming that the band cut his percentage of profits from 25% to 5% after he left.
On top of that, Mars is also accusing Sixx of “gaslighting” him about his guitar skills getting worse. In return, he allegedly claimed that the bassist’s parts were all pre-recorded and that Sixx didn’t “play a single note on bass” during a recent tour.
Prior to Mars’s claim, drummer Carmine Appice told Ultimate Guitar:
“[‘When I was on ‘The Stadium Tour’] everything was on tape; it was all planned out and ultimately a lot of crap. And Mick is a pretty good player, and so to now let him loose and play the way he wants, that was never going to work for him. The truth is that everything has been weird for a while with Mötley Crüe, and Mick didn’t like that everything was on tape.”
While just recently, Sixx took to Twitter his responds to this accusation. He wrote:
“Sad day for us and we don’t deserve this considering how many years we’ve been propping him up. We will wish him the best and hope he finds lawyers and managers who aren’t damaging him.”