Riki Ratchman recently revealed that John 5 hit back at Mick Mars after the latter’s accusations of Motley Crue using backing tracks.
Mars has filed a lawsuit against his Mötley Crüe bandmates, alleging the band is screwing him over financially. John 5 told Riki that Motley Crue play live and don’t rely on backing tracks.
In the lawsuit, as reported by TMZ, Mars claimed that he originally told Crue that he is still available to record with the band and to do limited performances. Instead, Mars said the band instead cut his profits down from 25 percent to 5 percent after announcing his retirement from the road.
He further claimed that “the band’s lawyers made him feel like he should be grateful for even that small cut, because they didn’t feel they owed him anything at all” and that Mötley Crüe unilaterally decided to “remove” him from the band.
Furthermore, Mars came up with bold claims about bassist Nikki Sixx about “gaslighting” him about getting worse at guitar despite Sixx not “playing a single note on bass” throughout the band’s original farewell tour. The lawsuit seeks to allow Mars to have a look at the band’s financials to see if he’s truly getting ripped off.
Riki Ratchman hits back at Mick Mars
Taking to Twitter he wrote:
According to @john5guitarist .@NikkiSixx plays every single note. I think the world of John. Ya know I think I’ll believe him.
Meanwhile, Motley Crue appears to have entered the studio with longtime producer Bob Rock to record some of the band’s brand-new music. Late Monday night (April 17), Crue guitarist John 5 shared a photo of him laying down tracks in a recording studio. He also posted a picture of Rock in front of a mixing board. The accompanying caption read: “Let’s do this @motleycrue #bobrock”.
Crue drummer Tommy Lee shared the same photos on his Instagram page, along with one showing Lee, John 5 and Crue bassist Nikki Sixx in the “big studio”. He captioned the images:
“Hit that mother fu**ing record button Mr. Rock!!! Go!”
— Riki Rachtman (@RikiRachtman) April 16, 2023