Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Mick Mars’ birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Mick Mars (born Robert Alan Deal; May 4, 1951) is an American musician and guitarist. He is known for being the #lead #guitarist for the #heavy #metal band Mötley Crüe up until the band retired in 2015.
Mars was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but his family moved to Huntington, Indiana soon afterward. Before he was 9 years old, his family relocated again, this time to Garden Grove, California. He dropped out of high school and began playing guitar in a series of unsuccessful blues-based rock bands throughout the 1970s, taking on menial day jobs. After nearly a decade of frustration with the California music scene, he reinvented himself, changing his name from Robert Deal to Mick Mars and dyeing his hair jet black, hoping for a fresh start. In April 1981 he put a want ad in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler, describing himself as „a loud, rude and aggressive guitar player”. Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, who were putting together a new band which would soon become Mötley Crüe, contacted him. After hearing him play he was hired for the band.
Mars has contributed songwriting to John LeCompt, the former member of Evanescence and the other band members of Machina, and to the Swedish band Crashdïet. Their second album entitled, The Unattractive Revolution, was released on October 3, 2007 and featured two songs co-written by Mars.
Mars played guitar on the title track of Hinder’s 2008 album Take It to the Limit, and contributed a guitar solo to the song „Into the Light” by Papa Roach, on their 2009 album Metamorphosis. Mars also contributed a guitar solo to the song „The Question” on Rock Star: Supernova runner-up Dilana’s U.S. debut album Inside Out. In 2010 he co-wrote a song with Escape the Fate for the band’s self-titled album, which was instead withheld from the album and reserved for a later release.