Don Dokken was recently interviewed by Artists On Record Starring ADIKA Live!, where he opened up about former Motley Crue guitarist, Mick Mars. Dokken mentioned that he has known Mick Mars for more than four decades, and called him ”the most underrated guitar player.”
Regarding this, here’s what Don Dokken said:
“I really love him and I feel terrible, because my brother, who’s 18 months younger than me, has ankylosing spondylitis. So your spine fuses together. It’s very painful. And I don’t know how he got through that farewell Motley tour. I saw him four times. He had his own bus, but they got morphine bags. He had a private nurse. It was like a hospital room in his bus.
”And I really had to… Even when I think about it now, I started getting teary-eyed. It choked me up, ’cause I loved Mick, and I was, like, ‘Man, this sucks. This just sucks.’ He would go on stage and he’d say, ‘Well, the good thing about my ankylosing spondylitis is sometimes your neck’s like this frozen (looks up), or (to the left), or [to the right], or down.
”And he goes, ‘Luckily, my head turns down, so I can see the (guitar) neck.’ And that’s how he got through the tour, ’cause he could see his neck. And that’s the truth. He said, ‘My neck was frozen down, so I could still play guitar. […]
“(Mick) is the most underrated guitar player. Forget about chops. Forget about f*cking hammer-ons and Eddie Van Halen copies. His rhythm playing, man, it’s the s*it. Mick Mars wrote a ton of Motley Crue songs. He is an amazing rhythm guitar player, and he wrote all those great rhythms in Motley Crue.
“Nobody talks about Mick because he’s a very private person. Anybody ever say Nikki Sixx wrote all the songs and Tommy Lee… F*ck you. Mick Mars was a huge factor in Motley Crue’s cool, groovin’ cool riff uptempo songs. It was Mick.”