MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars spoke to the Las Vegas Mercury about the group's "Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead" tour, which hits Dallas, Texas' Nokia Live tonight (March 17). An excerpt from the interview follows:
Las Vegas Mercury: Have you been surprised at the rabid response of your fans? When the band was apart, did you ever think you'd have a chance to play to crowds like this again?
Mick Mars: I have been absolutely surprised. I'm still in a state of shock, actually. I can't really look up anymore because of (the disease), but sometimes I lean back against the drum riser so I can see up to the nosebleeds. I knew this band would eventually come back together for a last hurrah, not to sound like a prophet. Bands and music go in cycles. THE ROLLING STONES, AEROSMITH...these guys did nothing for years and then came back around. The one thing I said all along was that we had to do it with the original members, or it wouldn't work.
Las Vegas Mercury: How difficult was it to get over all the baggage that caused the band's breakup?
Mick Mars: Well, it took seven years. Everybody had their own problems. I don't really want to discuss it in detail, but it's all good now. Three or four years ago, I wouldn't have been able to do it because of the condition I was in.
Las Vegas Mercury: How hard is it to tour and play these two-hour long shows in your condition?
Mick Mars: Sometimes it gets pretty rough. But you know, what I have is what it is. It gets to be painful sometimes but I have to tolerate it. I have had my own (problems with addiction) so I won't get addicted to pain medication. I'd rather be hurt and sane than not hurt and crazy. If I twist or move a certain way, it can feel pretty squirrelly, but you know, this is what I do. In my head, I'm 19. But my body's like, "Nope, sorry."
Las Vegas Mercury: The shows have been getting great reviews.
Mick Mars: I think this is the best thing we've done so far. It makes the Feelgood (tour) look weak.
Las Vegas Mercury: What about offstage? I'm sure your fans still expect a certain amount of craziness.
Mick Mars: Yeah, I don't know. I don't drink or smoke anymore, and Nikki doesn't. I think you kind of outgrow that part of it. I don't need that shit. I'd rather get up the next day and remember what happened.
Read the entire interview at Las Vegas Mercury.