Legendary Mick Mars is one of the founding members and the guitarist of glam rock band Motley Crue. Mick is known for writing riffs that are bluesy in nature with aggressive and melodic solos. Motley Crue have delivered classics over the period of the last 4 decades churning out albums that have crushed billboard charts worldwide. Crue finished their farewell tour in 2015. Soon after the tour, he announced he was working on a solo album with former Mötley Crüe member John Corabi. Crue fans have been eagerly waiting for the solo album expecting it to be different than the sound Motley Crue is known for. After years of waiting, we finally have a new update on Mick Mars’ new solo album.
In a new interview with “Talking Metal” Mick talked about the solo album.
“I’ve been working on this for years, trying to get it right in my way of thinking. I just don’t want to put out a record. It has to be right — for me. I mean, people wanna hear my music — it needs to be right. I’m not cutting corners to just, like I said, put out a record to put out a record. I just can’t do it. So it’s taking me a while.”
Mick hasn’t collaborated with other musicians for a long time. So the interviewer asked if there are any guest musicians.
“Those [collaborations] went away. I’m looking for a singer that’s gonna be with me in the recording studio, and if it blows up, by any chance — which I hope it does — to be on tour. ‘Cause how many times have you gone, say, to a concert and it’s, like, not the same singer [as on the record]? So it’s one of those kinds of things.
Interestingly, Mick wants to try multiple singers on this album.
When asked about the idea behind such an approach, he said:
“I would like to have a few different singers — different sounds, but musician singers. This is gonna sound crazy — like with THE BEATLES. The three guys sang all these harmonies, and you could have John[Lennon] sing on a song, or Ringo [Starr], or whoever. But that kind of a thing is kind of what I’m going for. I’d like to do it. If it happens, cool, and if it doesn’t, that’s cool too. Because no matter what, this record ain’t going out until I’m really satisfied with it.”
When asked about the status of the album in terms of the recording, he said:
“I have drum tracks laid down, some bass tracks,”
“My guitar tracks all scratch tracks. No singers yet. I’m searching. [Laughs] It’s just got to be this certain element that he has, or she has, that I’m hearing in my head. It has to be that, ’cause, as I said, I just don’t wanna put out a mediocre thing, even though people might think it might be. [Laughs] I don’t know. I set my goals high, and if it works, cool, and if it doesn’t, that’s okay too.”
When asked about the musical direction, he said:
“Well, I guess it’s my own style. It isn’t really blues. My playing has a blues element to it, of course, but it isn’t what you would call a blues record. It’s more of a heavier rock thing, but I don’t wanna even try to ‘out heavy’ the heavies, you know what I mean?
Now Mick really surprised me with the word ‘Heavy’. When asked about to what extent the album is heavy, he said:
It’s just something hopefully just a little different than what’s going on now. You’re not gonna hear a MÖTLEY-flavored song, except for the guitar, [because] that’s me. They’re gonna be a bit harder than that, but not as hard as the heavies, like MINISTRY and some of those guys.”