Happy Birthday today (May 4) to guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue. He's 65. Also celebrating is guitarist Gary Holt of Slayer and Exodus (52) and Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt (44).

Mick Mars was the guitarist in Motley Crue right up until the band's retirement in 2015. Motley Crue was formed out of Los Angeles, California in 1981 with the classic lineup featuring Mars on guitar, Vince Neil lead vocals, Nikki Sixx on bass, and Tommy Lee on drums. The band sold 100 million records worldwide including 25 million in the U.S. alone. Big selling albums in the 80's included Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain, Girls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgood.

Motley Crue ended their career with a final world tour that lasted nearly 2 years. Their final show was on Dec. 31, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. A dvd of the concert is expected this year. I saw the band several times on their final tour and they are certainly gonna be missed. At least we still get to see the band members doing their thing including Vince Neil performing solo shows and Nikki Sixx with his other project Sixx:AM. Sixx:AM will be at Rock n' Derby May 20-22 at Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in NY (just outside of Albany).

Gary Holt
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Mike Dirnt
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