The following is the transcription of our interview with Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars. A dream interview for us and something we will certainly never forget. The modesty of this music legend is something that could be learned by many in the younger generation.
We talked to Mick hours before taking the stage in Las Vegas for the Hard Rock Residency show we witnessed on Feb 10th:
Martell: How have the Hard Rock Residency shows been going so far?
Mick Mars: Each night we get better and better. Still, sometimes something minor will go wrong and we will be like, ah…
Martell: It’s not really a Motley show without something unexpected happening?
Mick Mars: No, no, it’s really little tiny things, I don’t think they are things the crowd or audience could notice, but we do. You know what I mean. It’s that subtle of a thing, but it bothers us.
Martell: What can we expect at the show tonight? (February 10th)
Mick Mars: Let me see… I guess… Have you seen the show yet?
Martell: Not this one, it will be our first Motley/Vegas show.
Mick Mars: Well… I can’t tell you then. (laughs) You are going to have to wait and see, but we are playing a lot of the hits; you know “Kickstart” and “Dr. Feelgood.” All the stuff that people want to hear. “Home Sweet Home.” You have to play that stuff. Jimmy Hendrix said it many, many years ago, “I want to go back to the studio and write new songs for three years to play at shows, but everywhere you go people want to hear the same music the same way.” So we do play the hits that we have because imagine Hendrix coming out and not playing “Purple Haze.”
Martell: Exactly. It has to be taken as a compliment…
Mick Mars: (laughing) but when he did play it some said, oh that song again. It’s weird, but it’s ok. We did add some different things. A song from Generation Swine and “Piece of the Action” from the first album. There are a couple of things like that and an acoustic set.
Martell: Are you finding the response favorable?
Mick Mars: oh yea, they are liking it a lot.
Martell: I have to ask Mick, seeing all of the Motley advertising on the strip. Does it ever get old seeing yourself on a 60 ft billboard?
Mick Mars: (laughing) I don’t even look to be honest. I swear I get done playing and this is what I do. My routine. I go back to my room and sometimes if I get up before noon I will head down to **** or **** (blocked for privacy) and check out some older guitars or amps and try to improve my acoustic sound because my acoustic sound right at the moment isn’t exactly how I want it and I’m a little self-conscious about that.
So I’m trying to improve that and I will go around to different shops, not famous shops (laughing)… I just do stuff like that and when I see a billboard I just go whoa! It’s cool to see it, but I can’t walk around shouting every time I see it (laughing.) It’s very cool, very cool to see us on crap tables, roulette tables, and even elevator doors.
It’s almost like when I was a kid and saw The Stones and The Beatles everywhere… You know I was seeing all that stuff and saying one day.
Martell: Do you think you guys are finally getting your due Mick that Motley deserved. People are talking about you in the same context as the Stones or Aerosmith?
Mick Mars: I think that when we came out, we came out like gang busters. You know we did some pretty ground breaking things for that time, for that period. I think that we are coming into our own like the Stones did, like Aerosmith did, or U2. I’m not going to say we are bigger than life like the Stones or U2, but we are on our way.
Martell: I’m a little bias Mick because being such a massive fan of the band this interview is a bit of a dream for me and I’ve had you in that category my whole life. I know your being modest, but your definitely there my friend.
Mick Mars: Thank you so much, thank you.
You know it’s weird that when you’re the person… I don’t want to say artist because it might sound too much like my friend Prince (laughing). When your that person you really don’t feel that way. I just feel like, here I am. I’m a normal person.
When you’re walking down the street and people start screaming your name, that is still very strange for me. Even after 30 years that is still very strange for me.
Martell: Thank you Mick, take care!
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