Hard rock legends Mötley Crüe are calling it quits and marking the end of their 30 year career with “The Final Tour.” Are solo careers, illness or age (guitarist Mick Mars is in his sixties) prompting the split? Well, who knows, but according to Vince Neil it’s a strategy of legacy. From the Los Angeles Times:

We don’t want to be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it, or somebody’s brother. We wanted to go out with the four founding members .. and go out on top.

The tour kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Read more a the LA Times.

Right here.

Guitar World has posted a conversation with Mick Mars about his renowned guitar collection. Though the Motley Crue guitarist has had an untold number of pieces pass through his hands over the years, his current count is around 100, including his longtime instrument of choice the Fender Stratocaster. Says Mick:

I started buying stock Strats after I got that pieced-together one (used in Motley Crue) in ’87. My earliest one is from the early Sixties. I’d love to get a Fifties Strat, but they cost too much now.

Read much more and take a look at some of the axes at GW.

Right here.

“… rock solid guitarist …”

There’s lots of goofy text in this Kramer ad circumlocuting the fact that Mick Mars and Mötley Crüe were supporting Dr. Feelgood at the time. Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, March 1990.

From the Rooney Archive.

“Peace Through Music”

This Kramer ad refers to the Moscow Music Peace Festival, a two day event in August 1989 that featured Cinderella, Gorky Park, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, and Ozzy Osbourne. Only the last two on that list are not represented here, owing to their lack of Kramer endorsers, of course. Left to right we have:

Jan Ianenkov (Gorky Park)
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue)
Alexei Belov (Gorky Park)
“Snake” Sabo (Skid Row)
Jeff LeBar (sic) (Cinderella)
Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
Sasha Minkov (Gorky Park)
Scotty Hill (Skid Row)
Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
Rachel Bolan (Skid Row)

From Guitar for the Practicing Musician, January 1990.

Hot on the heels of Rolling Stone‘s perplexing and muddled “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Guitar World has issued a saner listing of greats. Their article, “30 on 30: The Greatest Guitarists Picked by the Greatest Guitarists” gets it better. Leave it to a guitar publication to please a bitchy guitarist, I suppose.

The 30 panelists make some predictable choices: Eddie Van Halen cites Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani cites Jimi Hendrix, etc. And then there are some interesting surprises, such as Steve Vai’s take on Brian May:

He’s probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page and Clapton.His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That’s what I heard in Brian May’s playing.

And Mick Mars’ praise of Alvin Lee:

Alvin brought a real explosive side to the blues. Some people said they couldn’t handle it, but I thought he was great.

Alex Skolnick raves about Jimmy Herring, as did Doug Morrison right here on Pointy. Time to really dig into him.

Read the entire set of 30 at GW.

Right here.

Robert Alan Deal

Ohhhhh, yeah. Here’s Motley Crue’s Mick Mars 26 years ago when he was 34. Yeah, the math is amazing. The Theatre of Pain Mars is rocking a Kahler-equipped B.C. Rich Warlock. And serious leather. Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, March 1985.

Well, you certainly can’t say that Mike Keneally is predictable. In addition to recent collaborations with Andy Partridge and Marco Minnemann, this appeared on Mike’s Facebook page:

Spending a long weekend writing/recording music with Mick Mars and Terry Bozzio. Me on bass and synth for the moment, probably some gtr later on. Pretty damned awesome!

Yes. Mick Mars from Motley Crue.

Well, alright!

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