Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars has disappointed anyone hoping for his previous promise of free tickets, claiming he was “clearly joking” about the offer.

Just last week, the world of music was shocked to learn that hedonistic hard-rock icons Mötley Crüe were getting back together.

Of course, with so many reunions taking place it would be easy to write this one off as just another addition to a steadily-growing list.

So why is this one special? Well, likely because of the fact the group were so adamant about their split that they even signed a “cessation of touring agreement” to legally bind them from ever touring again.

With a stadium tour alongside the likes of Poison and Def Leppard reportedly on the way, some fans have begun to claim they knew such an event would take place, including Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr, who told The Front Row Report that he “knew” the rockers would one day get back together.

However, it was Starr’s bandmate Stix Zadinia who made headlines, having pointed out a promise from Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars that fans would receive free tickets if the band were to ever reunite.

Appearing on That Metal Show back in 2014, Mars dismissed the notion that Mötley Crüe would ever reunite after their final tour. “Let me put it this way: If that happens,” he explained, “I will invite the world to come for free.”

Now, after fans were quick to jump on the promise of free tickets, Mars has taken to Instagram to respond to fans’ reaction to his previous comments, claiming he was “clearly joking” at the time.

“While I was clearly joking about free tickets that night on TMS, I was also deeply convinced that we would never ever be touring again,” Mars wrote. “I would have never expected to be facing a whole new generation of fans demanding to see us play.

“In fact, touring with Motley Crue comes at a weird place in time, since my solo record is almost complete after such a long time of writing and recording. But I put our fans first.

“Anyways, I am eating a lot of crow and humble pie this Thanksgiving for those remarks and accept that some of you see this as me being dishonest. I said what I said, and I was wrong. Peace.”

Of course, while we doubt that anyone would have actually taken Mick Mars’ original comments seriously, it does have shades of Dr Pepper’s promise of a free can of drink to everyone in America if Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy in 2008.

As it turned out, the band did, and Dr Pepper’s promotion and unpreparedness raised the ire of Axl Rose to the point that they were forced to take out full-page apologies in national US newspapers. Needless to say, we bet Mick Mars is glad he didn’t make this one an official promise.

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