MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars spoke to the Grand Forks Herald earlier this week about the group's upcoming reunion tour and his recent hip replacement surgery, among other topics. Excerpts from the interview follow:
On what fans can expect from the upcoming tour:
"I think it will be bigger, better, really.
"I think what we are doing is going to be a little darker, demented — sort of a Cirque du Soleil sideshow ... It's going to be more than just music."
The band currently is in rehearsal, Mars said, "working out the kinks — some of the songs, we haven't played in 20 years."
On the fans response to the reunion tour:
"I'm happy. I'm a little bit surprised. Our fans have always been loyal, keeping track of what we were doing. But there's a new generation, younger people out there who are looking at MÖTLEY CRÜE."
Mars said fans will hear all the CRÜE hits such as "Dr. Feelgood", "Shout at the Devil", "Smokin' in the Boys Room" and "Home Sweet Home". But they'll also hear some deep tracks from the past, such as some off the "Too Fast for Love" album, the band's first.
"I think people will walk out with 'I don't know what just hit me,'" Mars said.
Mars, 53, had hip replacement surgery in October. Mars long has suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, a degenerative rheumatoid disease.
"I'm doing great," he said. "(The tour) is gonna be a piece of cake."