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Mötley Crüe, or whoever runs their Facebook page, took issue with a person’s comment accusing the band of using backing tracks on their last tour.

The comment in question was under of video of Tommy Lee playing drums. The video was shared to help promote the Crüe’s current world tour with Def Leppard. While the comment appears to have been deleted, it was screenshot by Loudwire. A Facebook user named Bruce Holland wrote in the comment section of a video, “Saw the backing tracks tour last yr and paid dearly to see it. It’s a hard NO for me this time around…” Mötley Crüe replied, in all caps, “THIS IS THE SUMMER TOUR FOOTAGE FOR F-CKS SAKE. THERE WERE NO BACKING TRACKS FOR BAND MEMBERS.”

Loudwire noted, “A screenshot of the comment captured by Sleaze Roxx shows that one hour after Mötley Crüe’s comment was published, it was edited to say the same thing as mentioned above, but with the words “f-cking clown” directed at Holland at the end of the comment. Apparently, the comment was edited more than once. It’s unclear what Crue’s original and unedited comment was.”

Currently, there is ongoing legal drama between Mötley Crüe and guitarist Mick Mars. He filed a lawsuit against Mötley Crüe alleging his percentage of band profits was cut from 25 percent to 5 percent. This cut came following Mars’ retirement from touring with the band in October 2022.

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Mars claimed in his lawsuit the band held a meeting to “unilaterally” remove him from Mötley Crüe. He was also allegedly removed from many of the band’s various corporations and LLCs. Additionally, Mars claims bassist Nikki Sixx repeatedly “gaslighted” him. Sixx told Mars he consistently forgot chords and fans were complaining about his playing. (Mars claimed in the lawsuit Sixx “did not play a single note on bass during the entire U.S. tour” and accused him of using backing tracks and pantomiming.)

This led to Mötley Crüe issuing a statement in response to Mars’ lawsuit calling it “unfortunate and completely off-base.” The band said, in part, “In 2008, Mick voted for and signed an agreement in which he and every other band member agreed that ‘in no event shall any resigning shareholder be entitled to receive any monies attributable to live performances (i.e., tours).’ After the last tour, Mick publicly resigned from Mötley Crüe. Despite the fact that the band did not owe Mick anything — and with Mick owing the band millions in advances that he did not pay back — the band offered Mick a generous compensation package to honor his career with the band.”

Futhermore, Mötley Crüe insisted they always perform live without backing tracks and stood by the claim Mars’ playing was declining. Mars then told Variety in an interview following news of the lawsuit, “Those guys have been hammering on me since ’87, trying to replace me. He added, ” … It’s just frustrating for me. I’m pretty upset that they’re even pulling this crap, when I carried these bastards for years.”

This led to Crüe manager Allen Kovac to speak at length to VarietyKovac referred to Mars’ entire legal strategy as “a smear campaign … misrepresenting the facts to the fans.” He further noted, “What’s upsetting to me is not Mick, but his representatives, who have guided Mick to say and do harmful things to the brand he cares about so much, Mötley Crüe. He has a degenerative disease and people are taking advantage of him. It’s called elder abuse.”

Variety reached out to Mars’ attorney Edwin F. McPherson for comment on Kovac’s numerous statements. McPherson said of the lawsuit, “This is all Mick. He is tired of being bullied. This is nobody driving the train here but Mick.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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