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Tracii Guns: John 5 would be a great choice for Mötley Crüe 'if the rumor is true'

The L.A. Guns guitarist comments on speculation about Mick Mars stepping back from the band

Back on October 6, alert Rob Zombie fans took notice during the shock-rocker’s set at the Aftershock festival that long time guitarist John 5 was absent from the performance, his spot filled by a former Zombie band member, Mike Riggs.

While this led to speculation that John 5 was no longer a member of Zombie’s band, the rumor mill kicked into high gear the following day, when Metal Sludge reported that the site had been “tipped off from a few in the industry” that the guitarist was, in fact, being considered to fill in for Mick Mars on future Mötley Crüe tour dates.

Despite a stellar showing on this summer’s The Stadium Tour, Mars, now 71, has long struggled with chronic health conditions, most prominently ankylosing spondylitis. But John 5 appeared to personally squash the rumor when, as reported by MetalSucks, a fan, commenting on an old photo of Mars and John 5, asked the guitarist on social media if was indeed joining Mötley Crüe and he wrote back, “No, just a rumor.”

But with yesterday’s announcement of a massive Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard 2023 outing, The World Tour, those rumors have kicked up again. The newest musician to comment on it is L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, who, back in the early 2000s, played alongside Nikki Sixx in the short-lived Brides of Destruction.

Taking to his own social media on October 20, Guns wrote: "I have got a ton of messages about the rumor of Mick leaving Mötley and what my opinion is if John 5 replaces him. First of all it's a rumor and who knows? But, if it's time for Mick to tap out then that's his business. John 5 in my opinion is a great choice if the rumor is true."

The World Tour, meanwhile, kicks off February 18 in Mexico City and wraps July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland. You can view the full itinerary here.