MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist On VINCE NEIL’s Retirement Talk: ‘Fat Chance!’

Matthew Wilkening of Ultimate Classic Rock recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Ultimate Classic Rock: How is your solo record progressing?

Mick: I’m writing; I’ve got about a good four or five songs that have potential. I don’t know if I’m happy with them, you know, so I have to keep listening. Not to say that I’m going to make the perfect song or this that and the other, but I want to make me happy with what I release and proud of what I release. Maybe I can write a whole record of “Dr. Feelgoods” or “Girls”, but not sounding like MÖTLEY, you know, being me. I’m trying to do a lot of experimenting too, with different cultural rhythms and mixtures of beats — say, take some old greek guys that played traditional greek rhythms on their drums, or the Japanese with those big drum things that they use, and throw it all into the mix, see what comes out.

Ultimate Classic Rock: When can fans expect a new MÖTLEY CRÜE record?

Mick: Well, the movie (based on the band’s autobiographical book “The Dirt”) is supposed to come out next year, we’ve got the right producers, the right director, I believe. I think we’re going to start on that one either late this year or early next year, hopefully for release in 2013. Then, probably at the same time, a new record. It’ll be like a double-sock in the stomach.

Ultimate Classic Rock: What do you make of (MÖTLEY CRÜE singer) Vince Neil‘s recent statement that he was pondering retirement?

Mick: (laughs) Well, let’s see, how can I be, uh… how big is this site of yours? . . . OK, here’s my answer: Fat chance! That’s a good neutral answer, I think.

Read the entire interview from Ultimate Classic Rock.