Drummer Rick Allen recently talked to the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast, where he said that it was [Motley Crue] Mick Mars’s decision to stop touring because of his long struggles with degenerative disease ankylosing spondylitis.
“It was Mick‘s decision to really move on and just get to the next part of his life. And we all know that Mick has suffered terribly, terribly with pain; you see it on his face all the time. And I think the only time I ever saw him truly in his element [was] when he was up on stage playing with the band. It was more his decision.
”That must have been a super hard decision. I mean, it would have been different if the guy was being thrown out of the band, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was a personal choice that he made. And you can’t say that that’s wrong. It was right for him at the time.
“Over the months, well, actually years, that I’ve known him, I really started to talk to him. So unassuming. Such a soft, gentle soul. And when I first met him years ago, I was actually quite afraid, you know.
”But he’s the exact opposite of that, just a really sweet, generous person. So it must have been a very difficult decision for everybody to have to go through that.”