Mötley Crüe’s John 5 Debunks Backing Track Accusations

John 5, guitarist for Mötley Crüe, took to social media again to counter a video circulating online that suggests he relies on backing tracks during live performances.

Previously, The Metal Den reported that fans observed John 5 using backing tracks during Crüe’s show in Milwaukee, WI, on June 21. One user specifically pointed out that during the performance of “Wild Side,” John 5 raised his hands in the air while his guitar continued playing. This moment can be seen in the video below at around the 3:55 mark.

In a Facebook video posted yesterday (July 9th), John 5 included the following caption: “Just clearing up the last part of the confusion on ‘Wild Side’ no backing tracks just so everybody understands and thank you too my friend @justinhawkinsta for helping me out.”

Watch the video here:

In April 2023, Mars filed a lawsuit against his Mötley Crüe bandmates, claiming he was wrongfully dismissed by his “brothers of 41 years.”

Mick‘s lawsuit alleges that after he announced his decision to stop touring, the band reduced his share of earnings from 25 percent to just 5 percent. He also claims that the band’s lawyers implied he should be grateful for even this reduced amount, suggesting they owed him nothing.

Moreover, a complete band meeting was held where they chose to exclude Mick from the band without any consent. Mick also asserted that Nikki Sixx‘s segments were all pre-recorded, and he did not “play a single note on bass” throughout the tour, as mentioned by the guitarist.

Video of John 5 allegedly playing to backing tracks