Mick Mars

"There is no other choice. It has to be him. Who is this short, long-haired, Cousin It waiting to plug in?" This is how former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee described his first meeting with Mick Mars, guitarist for the seminal '80s glam rock band Mötley Crüe. Unbeknownst to Lee, Mars was a seasoned guitar player who was quite a bit older and had played in numerous bands (White Horse, Vendetta) prior to that fortuitous day. Born Bob Alan Deal on April 4, 1955, in Terre Haute, IN, the Deal family eventually settled in Huntington, IN, where he attended his first concert. This event would inspire him to pick up the guitar (he actually began on bass guitar) and join his first band, a Beatles cover group called the Jades. He was 14 years old. By then, he and his family had relocated to Garden Grove, a small community in Southern California. Citing influences ranging from Jeff Beck to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Mars would eventually land the lead guitar slot in what would become one of the biggest rock bands of the '80s.

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