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Mötley Crüe announce first U.S. shows with John 5 on guitar

The band will hit Atlantic City with Def Leppard in February

Mötley Crüe have announced their first U.S. dates with John 5 in the guitar slot, and they're relatively intimate affairs compared to last summer's Stadium Tour and 2023's international World Tour with Def Leppard

The two shows, which will also feature Def Leppard, will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the relatively intimate 7,000-capacity Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena on February 10 and 11, 2023. These will precede the kickoff of the international dates of the World Tour, which begin February 18 in Mexico City.

Pre-sale tickets are available here, while general on sale tickets go live Friday December 2nd. 

As recently reported, Crüe guitarist Mick Mars has retired from touring with the band he helped found in 1981 "due to his ongoing painful struggle with Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.)... an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine."

Soon after, the band released an official statement on Mars' retirement, writing in part, "While change is never easy, we accept Mick's decision to retire from the band due to the challenges with his help."

Additionally, they confirmed the rumor that John 5 will take Mars' place onstage. "No doubt it will take an outstanding musician to fill Mick's shoes so we are grateful that our good friend, John 5 has agreed to come on board and join us moving forward."

In an exchange on Twitter on October 28, Sixx responded to a fan query about what made John 5, who co-wrote three songs for the soundtrack to the Crüe movie The Dirt, the "right fit" by writing, "He checks all the boxes. He's an insane player. Has respect for our music, is funny as fuck and has history with us and we've written some pretty big hits together."