According to rumors and, ummm, Vince Neil, Motley Crue isn’t retiring because they ran out of groupies; they are retiring for Mick Mars’ health. But the often ill guitarist, who has plowed through years of tours before in his current health condition Ankylosing spondylitis, says that those rumors are “BS.”
“I am doing fine, my AS has never kept me from touring and never will,” said Mars on Twitter, as you can see above.
Mars suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that causes vertebrae in the spine to fuse together, thus making the spine less flexible and resulting in a hunched-forward posture.
But Vince Neil said in an interview that “it’s just time,” because “Mick’s health is not that good and touring is tough on him.”
“I’m sure in five, 10 years’ time we’ll probably do something together again, but it’s not gonna be like a KISS farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour,” said Neil. “We’re not gonna be like that. We want to go out on top. We don’t want to be one of those bands that people are like, ‘Oh, they’re playing a little club now’. We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that’s how we want to be remembered.”
Crue said that they will be playing a “farewell tour” next year.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles