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Vince Neil shares photo of Mötley Crüe with John 5

'Cool pic! New Crue!' the singer tweeted

By now we're all well aware that John 5 will be stepping in for Mick Mars for future Mötley Crüe live dates, including their 2023 World Tour with Def Leppard. 

Now, Vince Neil has tweeted a photoshopped pic of the "new" Crüe, with John 5 added in. The original photo of the band was shot by photographer Dustin Jack, and then altered by a fan, with John 5 in place of Mars. 

"Cool pic! New Crue!" Neil wrote in the tweet, which you can check out below.

As previously 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."

Recently, John 5, offering a taste of what's to come in 2023, posted a clip of him playing along to Mötley Crüe's "Too Fast for Love" in honor of the 41st anniversary of the release of the album of the same name.

You can check out the clip of John, with signature Fender Telecaster and hairless cat, here.