Mick Mars

Mick Mars
Mick Mars

Mars performing with Motley Crue in Erie, PA March 7th, 2009
Background information
Birth name Robert Alan Deal
Born May 4, 1951 (1951-05-04) (age 60)
Terre Haute, Indiana
United States
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal, blues
Occupations Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Sitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Mötley, Eleven Seven Music, Elektra, Leathür, Warner Music Group
Associated acts Mötley Crüe
Website mickmars.tv

Mick Mars (born Robert Alan Deal,[1][2] May 4, 1951) is the lead guitarist for American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

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Career

After his family relocated from Indiana, to California, Bob Deal dropped out of high school and began playing guitar in a series of unsuccessful blues based rock bands throughout the seventies, taking on menial day jobs to make ends meet. After nearly a decade of frustration with the California music scene, Deal reinvented himself, changing his stage name to Mick Mars and dyeing his hair jet black, hoping for a fresh start. In April 1981 he put a want ad in the Los Angeles The Recycler newspaper, describing himself as "a loud, rude, and aggressive guitar player". Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee contacted him and after hearing him play decided he would be their guitarist. Upon Tommy's prodding, they persuaded a former high school friend of Tommy's and local rock and roll singer/frontman Vince Neil to join. It was Mick's suggestion that the band be called Mötley Crüe, a name that had stuck in his head from his days as a member of a band called White Horse. The bassist walked into the room and called them "...a motley-looking crew."

He employs frequent use of a metal slide in his soloing and takes on both the rhythm and lead guitar duties of the band. In the studio and live, Mars frequently tunes his guitar down a whole step to get a stronger and crunchier rhythm sound. The altered tuning also increases string slack to enable his characteristic hammer-on trills, pitch bending, and pinch harmonics during soloing. Mars also introduced the pedal steel guitar to many of Mötley Crüe's later recordings and live sets. Mars has taken a critical role in songwriting for the band, coming up with many of Mötley Crüe's best known riffs.

For the sum of his career with Mötley Crüe, Mars has created the aura of being a somewhat mysterious figure, letting the other members of the band speak for him in public and in print, despite being the eldest and most articulate[citation needed] member of the band. In what public interviews he has conducted, Mars often comes off as a very reserved and somewhat quiet individual, though not shy by any means. A home video made in 1984 and posted publicly on the web by one of his former White Horse bandmates reveals Mars to be a rather jovial, wisecracking, down-to-Earth person.

After an eventual split of Mötley Crüe in 2001, Mars dealt with worsening health problems (see Health section below), and depression, he reportedly gave up guitar playing. Mars' situation improved with the reformation of Mötley Crüe, kindling the desire to play again. Mars underwent hip replacement surgery in the autumn of 2004, followed with intensive physical therapy. Despite his precarious health condition, he was able to perform in the Carnival of Sins tour in 2005 and the Route of All Evil Tour with Aerosmith in 2006.

Mars has recently contributed his songwriting skills to John LeCompt, the former member of Evanescence and the other band members of Machina,[3] and to the Swedish band CRASHDÏET. Their second album entitled, The Unattractive Revolution, was released on October 3, 2007 and featured two songs co-written by Mars.[4]

Mars played lead guitar on the title track of Hinder's 2008 album Take It to the Limit, and contributed a guitar solo to the song "Into the Light" by Papa Roach, on their 2009 album Metamorphosis. Mars also contributed a guitar solo to the song "The Question" on Rock Star: Supernova runner-up Dilana's U.S. debut album Inside Out.[5] In 2010 he co-wrote a song with Escape the Fate for their self-titled album which was instead withheld from the album and reserved for a later release.

He has recently been photographed, on his MySpace, with the Murderdolls as he will contribute to their upcoming album Women & Children Last whilst recording material for his debut solo album in the same space.[6][7] Mick Mars has also contributed to the Black Veil Brides album "Set the World on Fire".[citation needed]

Health

For most of his professional career, Mars has openly struggled with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine and pelvis. It was initially diagnosed when he was 17 years old, and has increasingly impaired his movement and has caused him a great deal of pain. This led to hip-replacement surgery at the end of 2004.[8]

Over the years, the illness has caused his lower spine to seize up and freeze completely solid, "...causing scoliosis in [his] back and squashing [him] further down and forward until [he] was a full three inches shorter than [he] was in high school."[9]

Family

Mars is the second of five children of Tina and Frank Deal, and is the older brother of Susie Deal. With his first wife, Sharon, he has two children, Les Paul (1971) and Stormy (1973). He also has one child (estranged), Erik (1976), with a former girlfriend, Marcia. Mars was married to Emi Canyn, who was a Mötley Crüe back-up singer in the "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1987) and "Nasty Habits" tours (1990–1994).

Equipment

Guitars

Effects

  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah Foot Controller (rackmount)
  • Rocktron All Access Midi Foot Controller
  • Heil Sound Talk box
  • Rocktron Banshee Talk box
  • Alesis Quadraverb Multi-FX
  • Crest 7001 Power Amplifier
  • Custom Audio Electronics 3+ SE 3 Channel Tube Preamp
  • Dynacord CLS-222 Leslie Simulator
  • Eventide H3000 Harmonizer
  • Rocktron Hush IIC
  • Rocktron/Bradshaw RSB-18 Switcher / Router
  • Rocktron Replifex Multi-FX
  • TC Electronics M-One
  • VHT 2100 Classic Power Amplifier
  • Yamaha SPX-1000 Multi-FX

Amps

  • Rivera Bonehead 100 Watt Head
  • Soldano SLO-100 Super Lead Overdrive Head

References

External links


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