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Nikki Sixx calls John 5 an 'insane player' that 'checks all the boxes' for Mötley Crüe

The bassist also says Mick Mars 'has been a soldier along with us for four decades'

Last week, Mötley Crüe announced that guitarist Mick Mars was retiring 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."

At the same time, the band has confirmed the rumor that former Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 will take Mars' place onstage, writing in a statement, "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."

Now, Nikki Sixx has opened up about the choice to bring in John 5. 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."

Sixx also commented on Mars, responding to another fan question by writing, “He's been a soldier along with us for 4 decades. We will continue to carrying our legacy to Generations of fans and honor Mick's request for us to keep touring as Mötley Crüe."