MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist: 'Prescription Drugs Were Killing Me'

July 27, 2005

MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars spoke to Steve Black of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM earlier this month about the group's "Carnival of Sins" tour and his relationship with his CRÜE bandmates, among other topics. Asked for an update on his health [Mars suffers from a chronic degenerative illness called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which fuses together the joints and bones of the spine. He underwent hip replacement surgery in October.], Mick said, "There was a couple of years that I was pretty bad that I hadn't picked up the guitar at all. But I was going like, 'I've gotta get over this, man. I need to get out and tour, it's what I do, it's what I love.' The prescription drugs that the doctors were giving me were killing me. And I couldn't get off them. And I was screaming for help, for people to help me. And finally Nikki [Sixx, bass] and Allen Kovac [manager] had come over and said, 'We're gonna give you the help that you need.' And from then on, it's been uphill. But I was pretty bad off for a couple of years."

Listen to the entire five-minute interview at this location (Windows Media).

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