Mick Mars Plays Through the Pain with Joint, Spine Condition

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(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars suffers from a chronic form of inflammatory arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which affects the body’s joints and spine.

For anyone, let alone a guitarist, the pain can be excruciating. Despite all that, the axeman won’t let the condition stop him from playing.

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Anyone familiar with the disease, known as AS, the pain is debilitating and there is no cure for it. One of the only effective treatment methods is using pain medication.

Dealing with the pain is the hardest part, but Mars likes to classify it more as an inconvenience rather than a pain.

“I am able to keep touring. It is one of those things that I call an inconvenience. Of course I have days that are worse than others and there is always some amount of pain with my hips. There are good days and bad days but it is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I don’t feel sick.”

The disease only gets worse over time so it’s a real miracle that Mars, 60, can still perform and do live shows.

For Mars, he is living proof that living with the disease does not mean the end is near.

“There are a lot of people that go around that suffer from this type of thing and they go to their doctor and he tells them that they will be in a wheelchair. My advice to them is to go to another doctor because he is wrong.”

Motley Crue plans to join KISS on their tour at the end of the year, although it is unsure at this time whether or not Vince Neil will be joining them.

Neil is strongly considering retirement to pursue other opportunities in life.

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