Mick Mars Hits Out at Motley Crue for Using 'Britney Spears' Style Backing Tapes

Guitarist also discusses band's final single.

Mick Mars Hits Out at Motley Crue for Using 'Britney Spears' Style Backing Tapes
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Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars has criticized the band for using pre-recorded backing tapes in their live shows, comparing them to pop star Britney Spears. Speaking with Eddie Trunk (via Blabbermouth), Mars expressed his disapproval of the choice to use backing tapes on Motley Crue's upcoming farewell tour:

"That's a whole another story - that could get me in a lot of trouble. Let me put it this way: I'll just say two words and you'll know. Britney Spears.

"I don't like it. I have to say 60s and 70s bands were my favourites because they were real. They just got up there and kicked it up. Made a mistake - so what? Sounded a little bit empty here or there - so what? It's the bigness and rawness and the people that wrote the songs and presented them.

"I could put on a Motley CD and play with it all day long. I don't want to do that."

Mars also stated that the band would be releasing a new single to coincide with their farewell concert shows:

"I just wrote a new song with Nikki [Sixx], and we're gonna be finishing it up, like, within the next couple of months. There'll be a new single [released in time for the upcoming tour]."

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    celvy666
    I like Mick. I think he's my favourite member of Motley Crue.
    JOHNSTONE6
    Lets see here: Nikki Sixx-douche Tommy Lee-douche Vince Neil-drunk murderer douche ya I think Mick wins.
    DecLepard
    I think thats a bit harsh, I read the Dirt and felt a bit sorry for Vince.
    JOHNSTONE6
    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! HE KILLED PEOPLE WHILE DRINKING AND DRIVING TWICE!!! THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE FOR THAT, ONLY FOR VINCE. YOU FEEL SORRY?? IDIOT.
    HitmanJenkins
    He's my favourite too, he just seems like a down to earth guy that doesn't have an ego and let's the music do the talking. It's a shame he has Ankylosing Spondylitis, he could be so much more if it wasn't for this, rather unfortunate medical condition.
    vikkyvik
    Do what Rush does - have dozens of samples, but have the band members themselves "play" them.
    AlexGreat123
    Isn't basically to help Vince who can't really sing anymore?? I mean the rest of the guys can at least play
    Izzy-Sweet
    I understand backing tapes if you want to use an effect during a couple of songs that wouldn't justify having a live keyboard player, but just for the purpose of covering up mistakes? Who really cares? It's LIVE, we expect mistakes, we're just there to have fun anyway.
    Jubilee13
    That made me slightly spit out some of the coffee I was drinking.Nice one Danny.Long live the Bellend quote.Keep it up, I love it.
    TomWhaley
    A lot of bands do this, so Mick shouldn't feel that bad about it... However, I always preferred when there is a live member on stage doing the sampling/keyboard parts/overdubs, as opposed to a track playing through the PA system.