Motley Crue’s guitarist, Mick Mars, was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as a young man but has still been able to live a positive life. He started getting symptoms like hip pain when he was around 19 years old. Mars would feel as if his bones were being lit on fire every time he tried turning his body. His lack of funds at the time meant he could not afford to go to a doctor.
Mars would go on to experience worse symptoms. With time, he developed scoliosis and became about three inches shorter. Mars’ ankylosing spondylitis spread to his brain stem and doing some everyday tasks became impossible. His head became immobile. He could not even drive.
At some point, he even stopped playing the guitar for about two years, but a hip replacement surgery made it possible for him to tour again. Motley Crue was back on the road until their last show of 2015 on New Year’s Eve. Mars decided to keep a low profile after that.
Mars went on to work on his solo album for 2016. Unfortunately, Mars’s ankylosing spondylitis would greatly affect his physical state in the years that followed Crue’s retirement from touring. This would be evident based on his absence from the public eye during those years.
Since then, Mars has worked together with John Corabi, the singer who had replaced Vince Neil in the band, but the relationship didn’t go on for long. Mars also shared a small part of his solo project but chose not to release it until he feels ready. He’s gone on to reassure people, though, that his AS condition will not slow him down.