(Classic Rock) Mick Mars has shouted down Tommy Lee's suggestion that his illness is connected with Motley Crue's looming retirement. It's the second time the guitarist has denied suggestions from within his own camp that his lifelong struggle with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is forcing him off the road.
Frontman Vince Neil recently said one of the reasons Crue were aiming to bow out after one more album, a world tour and a movie was that Mars was too ill to deal with the trauma of constant travel.
The guitarist said that wasn't true – but now drummer Tommy Lee has repeated the suggestion, telling Dedmau5: "Mick has a spinal disease that's slowly fusing his vertebrae together. It's treatable but not curable. It's progressively getting worse and it's painful for him, so he doesn't want to tour much longer."
Mars responds via Twitter: "Once again, any rumours regarding a farewell tour due to me 'poor health' is BS. I am doing fine. My AS has never kept me from touring." Read Lee's response.