I was thinking about Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars today, specifically his long & undoubtedly painful battle with the arthritis Ankylosing Spondylitis. I guess Thanksgiving had me counting my blessings more than usual.
Seriously tho, the usually reserved fretburner lives daily with a situation that would send many of us into a surging downward spiral of self pity yet I’ve never read any interview with him that indicates such is his viewpoint. To me, he comes off as down-to-earth & not making a big deal about his burden. The man is a quiet hero.
And as I started thinking about it, I also started comparing his old look – that of almost a heavy metal vampire – to his newer ‘Alice Cooper meets voodoo blues guitarist’ vibe. Not just anybody could pull that look off, especially wearing a hat that could instantly make one think instead of Slash from Guns n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver. But for Mick, it really works. A cool image with a hat that reeks of mojo & still the amazing playing skills to back it all up as more than just for show. I’m sure maybe he has fashion consultants et al, but still – for as long as the dude has been in the business, he still doesn’t come off as some pathetic shadow of his former glory. He’s still relevant – probably more so now than anytime in the past ten years or so. And he makes it look good.
Well anyhow, just thought I’d throw all this out there. Hope I can age with half as much grace as Mr. Mick Mars.