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Mötley Crüe Claim No Backing Tracks Used on Summer 2022 Tour


Man, these guys just can’t help themselves. The heat between Mötley Crüe and former guitarist Mick Mars, who is suing the band, as well as disgruntled fans who just want to pay their hard-earned money for a good show, continues.

In case you haven’t been following along (bless your heart), here’s a quick recap:

In March, drummer Carmine Appice spoke about Mars’ departure from the band and suggested it had to do with pre-recorded tracks and unhappiness in the conditions around the band.

“When you play in a stadium like that, you can hear a lot of things come to the monitors or what doesn’t. And with Vince’s [Neil] vocals, bass, drums, guitars, and all the other stuff, it was obvious that it was all on tape. And Mick was pissed off and said, ‘I can play these things. I want to play them. I don’t want to make believe I’m playing them.’ So, I think that’s one of the reasons why he said, ‘I’m done.’ Sure, the disease that he has doesn’t help, and it doesn’t make life easy on tour, but Mick can play all the licks, and he was allowed to.”

It then came out a few days later that Mars is suing his former band and alleges in the suit that his bandmates played to pre-recorded tracks as well.

“44.  Astonishingly, [Nikki] Sixx made these claims about Mars’s playing while he (Sixx) did not play a single note on bass during the entire U.S. tour. Ironically, 100% of Sixx’s bass parts were nothing but recordings. Sixx was seen fist pumping in the air with his strumming hand, while the bass part was playing.

45.  In fact, a significant portion of [Vince] Neil’s vocals were also pre-recorded. Even some of [Tommy] Lee’s drum parts were recordings. Some fans actually noticed that Lee was walking toward his drum set as they heard his drum part begin.”

Yesterday, Mötley responded to a fan who commented on a post which featured Lee playing at a concert in the summer of 2022, claiming that the band plays to backing tracks and he won’t spend money to see them again.

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I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard about this subject.

Mötley Crüe Claim No Backing Tracks Used on Summer 2022 Tour
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