During a recent appearance on the October 31st episode of Eddie Trunk’s “Trunk Nation” on SiriusXM, Mick Mars, the iconic guitarist of Motley Crue, shared some insights about his upcoming debut solo album, “The Other Side Of Mars.” When asked why tracks recorded with former Motley Crue singer John Corabi back in 2016 were absent from the album, Mick Mars explained that he felt those particular songs lacked the required strength and blamed an unnamed third party for intervening in the creative process.
In response to host Eddie Trunk’s inquiry about the involvement of a third party in the project, Mick confirmed, “[I was] kind of duped by a third party. And that’s it. That’s all. I got rid of him and went on and searched for other people.” It’s evident that external influences played a role in the shelving of these tracks.
Per Blabbermouth – Back in 2016, Mick Mars teased fans with snippets of two solo songs, “Gimme Blood” and “Shake The Cage,” featuring John Corabi. Although Corabi clarified that he didn’t contribute to the songwriting, he remained open to future collaborations with Mars.
In a December 2021 Facebook Live session, Corabi admitted his uncertainty about whether Mick would include the recorded material in his solo project. He explained that his busy schedule and Mick’s commitments limited their collaboration on more songs. Corabi and fans alike expressed eagerness to hear Mick’s solo record.
For “The Other Side Of Mars,” Mick Mars joined forces with Birmingham, Alabama rocker Jacob Bunton, who played a significant role in the album. The record is scheduled for release on February 23, 2024, under Mick’s label 1313, LLC, in partnership with MRI.
Jacob Bunton, known for previous collaborations with musicians like Steven Adler and Tom Keifer, lent his vocals to the majority of the album’s 12 songs. The LP also features guest appearances from accomplished musicians like Paul Taylor, Ray Luzier, and Brion Gamboa.
Mick Mars, ever the enigmatic figure, continues to intrigue fans with his musical evolution, and “The Other Side Of Mars” promises to be a compelling addition to his legacy. The saga of the shelved songs with John Corabi highlights the complexities of the creative process in the music industry, where unexpected twists and turns can lead to artistic decisions that puzzle even the most die-hard fans.