Original bad boys of rock will roll into town

Motley Crue will be in Mackay in March at Virgin Australia Stadium when they perform with Kiss and Thin Lizzy.
Motley Crue will be in Mackay in March at Virgin Australia Stadium when they perform with Kiss and Thin Lizzy. Mcmanus Entertainment

MICK Mars believes if he didn't become a rock star he would have made a career out of lighting stuff on fire.

Softly spoken Mars is known for his private persona, which seems like a contradiction considering he is the lead guitarist for Motley Crue.

Motley Crue has a rock 'n' roll legacy.

The band still has all its original members who have survived to tell their tale, while remaining as relevant today as bands half their age.

The Motley Crue members are the original bad boys of rock and will take to the stage on March 16 next year at Virgin Australia Stadium when music legends Kiss roll into town.

Mars considers it very lucky they are one of the crossover bands who are still relevant, such as Kiss, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones.

"I feel very fortunate to be one of those artists still around, we are in a new game, but we still have the older fans which is cool."

The Motley Crue boys are no strangers to performing with Kiss. They recently toured 45 dates in the USA with the icons.

Mars said they loved to perform with Kiss.

"They are the four nicest people I have ever met and they have always treated us with respect and vice versa.

"When it comes to the show we don't even know what to expect," he joked.

Mars said that, when it came to their live shows, they were outlandish and love being showmen.

"I wouldn't say we are over the top with our shows, we just like to put on a good show that stands out.

"With us it is a progressive we like to go different places (on stage).

"Maybe I might strap myself to a spinning wheel and have knives thrown at me - I'm kidding but we do like to raise the bar," he said.

After three decades of decadence, Motley Crue maintains its iron will, capturing new fans and influencing musicians across multiple generations.

With persistently gratifying and iconic road spectacles, last year fans witnessed their endurance as the world's most notorious band took on the world's most notorious city with their Las Vegas residency, Circus of Sin.

Vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee have commandeered the rock pantheon for 30 years now and yet, Motley Crue's rock royalty emanates with as much iridescent relevance in the millennium as it did in the 1980s.

The Crue's bragging rights comprise worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million - 25 million in the US - seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 top 40 mainstream rock hits, six top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance, a New York Times bestselling memoir, and tours logging more than 1350 live gigs across the globe, to date.

The band's output encompasses nine studio and two live albums, six compilation CDs, three box sets, nine DVDs and 24 singles with accompanying music videos.

Mars knew he would have music in his life after seeing a country music star when he was 2.

"He had this bright orange outfit with sequins all over it and I knew I would always perform," he says.

"I wouldn't change anything. You have the ups and the downs of the business. One minute you are sleeping on an air mattress to living in a nice house."

Mars asked this interviewer not to laugh when he revealed that his first guitar was a plastic Mickey Mouse guitar he had to wind up when he was 7.

"I used to play the melody on the strings and when I was 11 years old I got my first acoustic guitar which cost $12."

He admits that rock 'n' roll today is a hard business to get into.

"The economy is so different, it is so sad to see young talented people out there that are never given the chance.

"I am glad I made it when we did. I would have a hard time today. I think I would be lighting stuff on fire, because I would be so frustrated."

Mars said that in the early '80s Motley Crue wanted to resurrect the late '60s and '70s glam disco look like T-Rex, with their amazing hair and make-up.

"We wanted to bring glam disco back, stomp it out, after being on the back burner, we had this mix. We were a bit like zombies.

"I could use a great a deal more of my hair these days," he laughed.

For details visit KISSonline.com or Motley.com.

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