Mick Mars of Motley Crue Announces Retirement from Touring

Mick Mars, guitarist of seminal 80's glam metal band Motley Crue, has announced that he has retired from touring with the group. This may not come as a surprise to fans, as he has publicly suffered from a degenerative form of arthritis known as Ankylosing Spondylitis for many years.
 He offered the news to Variety yesterday (October 26th), who shared the following:

 Mick Mars, co-founder and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for the past 41 years, has announced today that due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.), he will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigours of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine.

 The band recently wrapped a co-headlining North American tour with Def Leppard and are set to bring the tour to Europe and Latin America early next year. A fill in for Mars has yet to be announced.
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