Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is a fighter. Despite having a crippling disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, the guitarist still continues not only to play his guitar, but to take it out on the road to perform with Motley Crue.
Speaking of the disease as though it was only a minor setback the guitarist told Classic Rock Revisited that he has no intentions of stopping yet. “It is one of those things that I call an inconvenience. Of course, I have days that are worse than others and there is always some amount of pain with my hips. There are good days and bad days, but it is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I don’t feel sick.”
Ankylosing Spondylitis, is an inflammatory condition that mainly affects the joints of the spine, making life increasingly difficult and incredibly painful for the person afflicted with it. However, Mars’s has some words of wisdom to those unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with AS. “There are a lot of people that go around that suffer from this type of thing and they go to their doctor and he tells them that they will be in a wheelchair. My advice to them is to go to another doctor because he is wrong.”
Mars is even able to see the positive side to what most would consider to be entirely bad news. “There are some things about this thing that I’ve got that are not so cool, but there is one thing that is cool – I ended up bent. I can always see my guitar. If I’d been straight then I would not be able to see myself play.”
While Mars was unable to give a date, he was able to reveal that Motley Crue are in the process of writing material for a new album. “As far as new music goes, I can tell you that I am writing a bunch of new material. Nikki [Sixx] is writing a lot as well. I am hoping that we will have a new record out by 2013,” he said.