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Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee, 2005
Background information
Birth name Thomas Lee Bass
Born October 3, 1962 (1962-10-03) (age 47)
Athens, Greece
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal, rap metal, nu metal, electronica
Occupations Musician, songwriter, drummer
Instruments Drums, Piano, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Years active 1981–present
Labels Leathür, Elektra, MCA
Associated acts Mötley Crüe
Methods of Mayhem
Rock Star Supernova
Sum 41
Jack's Mannequin
Notable instruments
DW Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Ahead Sticks
Remo Drum Heads

Tommy Lee (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician, and founding member of glam metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has also been married to actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, with whom he had two children.



Early life and career

Lee was born in Athens, Greece as Thomas Lee Bass. His mother, Vassiliki "Voula" Papadimitriou, was Miss Greece in 1957, and his father, David Lee Thomas Bass, was a US Army serviceman of Welsh decent.[1] He has one younger sister, Athena Kottak (b. 1964), who is currently married to James Kottak, the drummer for the band Scorpions and the current drummer of Kottak. His family moved to California one year after his birth. He received his first drum when he was four. However he received his first real drum kit when he was a teenager.

By that time he was listening to Kiss, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest. As he started listening to Kiss, his main drum influence became Peter Criss. After transferring from South Hills High School (West Covina, California); he joined the marching band at Royal Oak High School (now Royal Oak Middle School) in Covina, California, but dropped out of school in his senior year to focus on his musical career.[citation needed]

His first successful band Suite 19 played the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles during the late 70s. At this time he met future bandmate, Nikki Sixx. Casually, Sixx was forming a theatrical band that would specialize in anthemic heavy metal, and was impressed by Lee's drumming. At this time, he changed his name to Tommy Lee and earned the nickname "T-bone" due to his 6′ 2½″ height and his skinny physique. Shortly afterward, guitarist Mick Mars joined the band. Mars recommended a singer Tommy had met while in high school, Vince Neil, who soon joined the group, and Mötley Crüe was formed.[citation needed]

Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe quickly built a strong fan base and they released their debut album, Too Fast for Love in 1981, on their own independent label (Leathür Records). Elektra Records decided to sign the band shortly thereafter, reissuing their debut in 1982. The band then began a string of hit releases throughout the decade—1983's Shout at the Devil, 1985's Theatre of Pain, 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls, and 1989's Dr. Feelgood-establishing the quartet as one of the biggest hard rock/metal bands of the '80s.

During this time, Lee used several memorable gimmicks during his drum solo at concerts, such as having his entire kit revolving and spinning, or having the entire kit float above the crowd while he continued to play. He also was legendary for mooning the crowd at nearly every show. The band was known for their decadent behavior both on and off the stage, often dabbling in excessive amounts of hard drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and pills and drinking in excess.[citation needed]

In 2004, Lee reunited with the original Mötley Crüe line-up to release the double-disc album of hits entitled Red, White & Crüe launched a monumental reunion tour to support it, The Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead, the band's first in six years. They also finished the year number 8 on the top concert money earners list. They played 81 shows and grossed $33 million US (Billboard Boxscore).

Solo career

Tommy Lee came back once with Mötley Crüe to go on the Crüe's Greatest Hits tour in 1999. With the popularity of rap metal, Lee formed a band called Methods of Mayhem. The band released a self-titled album the same year and toured in support of it. Although Lee distanced himself from Mötley Crüe after splitting, he agreed to take part in their 2001 autobiography, The Dirt. In addition to Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Lee has made guest appearances on albums by other artists, such as Stuart Hamm, Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie. He also contributed a song, "Planet Boom" (originally on Mötley Crüe's Quaternary EP) to the soundtrack of then-wife Pamela Anderson's 1996 movie, Barb Wire, and produced an album for the pre-Goldfinger project from John Feldmann and Simon Williams, the Electric Love Hogs.[2] Lee parted ways with Methods of Mayhem partner Tilo and began recording with members of Incubus. He then released his first solo album. The album, 2002's Never a Dull Moment, has tones of rap metal and electronica. The song "Blue" features guest vocalist Rodleen Getsic (the credits read: "Rolleen"). In August 2002, Tommy Lee and his solo band joined Ozzfest, mainstage. He formed a new band called Rock Star Supernova with Jason Newsted (Voivod, ex-Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses).

The 2006 season of Rock Star selected Lukas Rossi as the lead singer for Supernova. Dilana, the runner-up, and Toby Rand with his own band Juke Kartel accepted an offer to go on tour with Supernova. Rock Star Supernova was released their debut album on November 21, 2006.

Lee released his autobiography, Tommyland, in 2004. He released his new solo album, Tommyland: The Ride in August 2005. The CD featured the singles, "Tryin to be Me" and "Good Times". His new single is "Hello, Again". This features Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin. Tommy Lee was also a guest DJ at WXRK "K-Rock" in New York during the Fourth of July Monster Metal Meltdown in 2005.[citation needed]

Lee also recorded drum tracks for the alternative rock band Jack's Mannequin, which has released the album Everything in Transit. Tommy Lee is a supporter of animal rights and PETA.[3] He made a donation to support PETA's campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken.

In November 2007, it was announced by Nikki Sixx that Tommy Lee was no longer a member of Mötley Crüe. Lee reportedly quit after the rest of the band sued his manager, Carl Stubner, for forcing Tommy to take part in reality tv shows, thus forcing the cancellation of a lengthy leg of Crüe tourdates in 2006. Lee already quit once in 2007 in September before returning to the band. Vince Neil refuted the claims that Tommy Lee resigned from the band and that the band would be going into the studio in January to start recording their newest studio album. In the end, Tommy Lee did end up recording the new album, Saints of Los Angeles, and toured with Crüe in 2008 in their tour, Crüefest. Mötley Crüe is now on their Saints of Los Angeles Tour, which started on February 2, which includes Lee. This tour will be followed by Crüfest 2.[citation needed]

Tommy Lee's current artistic endeavors include touring as an electronic dance music DJ with his Methods Of Mayhem DJ/production partner, DJ Aero (birth name: Chester Deitz). As DJs, they are also known as Electro Mayhem and have clocked over 60 club dates as DJs throughout North America (with stops in the Bahamas and Central America) in 2007 alone, with more international dates planned for 2008 (including a stop in Iceland). Lee and Aero debuted as DJs on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival during Winter Music Conference (WMC) in 2004. Lee and Aero have been DJing together since 2000, and they will again have a major presence at Miami's WMC in 2008. Lee is presently (2009) appearing in select cities with Sharam, one half of Grammy Award nominated and Grammy Award winning Deep Dish. He is accompanying Sharam live on the piano during Sharam's famous underground house DJ sets.

In an interview held backstage at the 2009 Download Festival, Tommy Lee confirmed that he is currently working on his as of yet to be named third solo album. It is expected to be released sometime in 2010.


In 2004, Lee briefly attended, but did not enroll in, the University of Nebraska for a few weeks in the fall of 2004, while filming a reality television show for NBC called Tommy Lee Goes to College. The show featured a "fish-out-of-water" premise as it followed Lee's effort to fit into the collegiate experience, including trying out for the marching band (as a drummer), taking courses in horticulture, chemistry, and literature, and receiving constant support from a sexy and smart tutor.

Lee was also one of the producers of the reality TV show. In spring 2008, Lee commenced filming of a reality TV show with rapper Ludacris for Planet Green (Discovery Channel's 24-hour eco-friendly network) titled,"Battleground Earth". The show focuses on environmental challenges between Lee and Ludacris to raise awareness for green causes. The Planet Green aired through till September 2008.

Personal life

Tommy Lee
Born Thomas Lee Bass
October 3, 1962 (1962-10-03) (age 47)
Athens, Greece
Spouse(s) Elaine Irwin Bergen
Heather Locklear
Pamela Anderson
Domestic partner(s) Bobbie Brown
Pamela Anderson
(1999–2000, 2008–2009)
Mayte Garcia

Lee was married the first time in April 1984 to Elaine Irwin Bergen. They divorced after just one month in May 1984. In 1986, Lee married actress Heather Locklear. The couple divorced in 1993.

Subsequent to their divorce, Lee dated and lived with model/actress Bobbie Brown. In 1995, he married actress/pinup Pamela Anderson (1995–98). They have two children, Brandon Thomas, born June 6, 1996, and Dylan Jagger, born December 29, 1997. Anderson and Lee married only four days after meeting, after Lee pursued her while she was on vacation with a friend. They wed on a beach, Anderson wearing only a white bikini. The couple had videotaped their sexual activities while on vacation. The video was stolen in 1995 and released on the Internet, becoming a prime example of viral pornography.[citation needed] The couple divorced in 1998, he served four months in prison after pleading no contest to kicking Anderson while she was holding their son Dylan. Although divorced, the couple reunited briefly upon his release from jail but eventually split again.

Lee suffered a further 1998 lawsuit when he exposed a swastika tattoo on his arm to public scrutiny (the tattoo was in fact a swastika facing backwards). In 1996, Lee had pled no contest to criminal charges of battery against a Jewish photographer after Lee attacked the man outside the famous Viper Room, in L.A. When the photographer sued Lee, the "swastika" tattoo (which Lee has since removed) was said to be visible and Lee’s lawyer argued it would inflame the jury and create unfair prejudice against Lee.[4]

Shortly after claiming that the introduction of the tattoo into the court record would produce prejudice, Lee denied its existence.[5] Lee's attorney reported the swastika was a “stupid tattoo obtained several years ago”.[6]

On June 16, 2001, four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming that they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved — their son could not swim — and that, as the owner, he should have hired a lifeguard. Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.[7]

In September 2007, Lee was kicked out of the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony after engaging in a fight with Kid Rock.[8][9]

Lee dated Mayte Garcia, the ex-wife of Prince, and the two lived together and were briefly engaged in 2001. In 2008 it was announced that he and Pamela Anderson were indeed back together and living with each other and their kids.[10] They have since split and have both moved on to date other people.

On August 14, 2009, Lee injured his hand in an accident with some sparklers, bandmate Nikki Sixx told the press "We were having fun and his hand caught on fire, it got fucked up pretty bad, he should be back by September though, he can still play the piano with us on tour, but he'll have to sit by for a while." On August 29, Lee returned to playing drums for Motley Crue for the first time since his injury. Drummer Morgan Rose [Sevendust] filled in for him for many of the dates he was forced to sit out.[citation needed]


Album discography


Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
2002 Never a Dull Moment
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: May 21, 2002
  • Label: MCA
9 2 4 11 38 3 7 26
  • US: 1.8 Million
  • UK: 1.4 Million
  • AUS: 812,000
  • CAN: 969,000
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Platinum
  • AUS: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
2005 Tommyland: The Ride
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: August 9, 2005
  • Label: TL Education Services Inc.
14 1 6 8 42 1 15
  • US: 2.4 Million
  • UK: 2.6 Million
  • AUS: 3.3 Million
  • CAN: 1.7 Million
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
  • UK: 2× Multi-Platinum
  • AUS: 3× Multi-Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum

Mötley Crüe

Methods of Mayhem

Rock Star Supernova

Guest performances


Year Title Chart positions Certifications Album
Hot 100
Top 40
2002 "Hold Me Down" 61 2 12 39 57 64 Gold Never a Dull Moment
"Sunday" 82
2003 "Ashamed" 95 3 11 72 59
"Higher" 7 7 66
2005 "Tryin to Be Me" 8 Tommyland: The Ride
"Good Times" 23 6 1 18 25 20 34 Gold
"Hello, Again"
2006 "Make Believe" 4 22 63


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Tommy Lee (born Thomas Lee Bass on October 3, 1962) is a Greek American and Welsh American Heavy Metal musician. He is best known as the drummer for hard rock/heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and ex-husband of actresses Pamela Anderson and Heather Locklear.


Sourced Quotes

  • I also did some jail time a few years ago. Spent a whole summer in jail reading books. I pumped a ton of new knowledge and new thinking into myself.[1]
  • I don't want a fat mexican woman beating the crap out of my son.
    • (When asked about getting a baby-sitter for his kids)[2]
  • The Radiohead record, The Bends is my all-time favorite record on the planet[3]
  • Once the song is done and recorded, I like to go back and then cut the drums, because then I know exactly what the song needs, and what it doesn't need.[4]
  • I was just reading some poetry, and it talked about how things start as one thing and change into another, and I just thought, what a great concept for a song.[5]
  • I wrote it about a friend of mine who married his high school sweet heart. They had a baby together and one day, when the baby was about four months old, my friends wife was driving down the road by herself, pulled over to the side and she just died in her car.
    • (About a track on his solo album)[6]
  • I'm happy doing what I'm doing, and if you have that kind of attitude then everything else from there on is a bonus.[7]
  • Imagine how frustrating it is, being completely locked up and watching your family leave, your wife and children, and not being able to do anything about it.[8]

"You can rock shit as loud as you want, as hard as you want, but there's a soft side to every artist. You gotta have something more to say other than ("throws up devil horns") "YEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHH!" There's gotta be more, otherwise you'd be fake." (source: VH1 documentary "Heavy: The Story of Metal")

Unsourced Quotes

  • Also when I write, I try to write about stuff that everyone gets."
  • At least for me, everything I need is right inside here. I don't need anything.
  • I always try to play what the song needs.
  • I check into hotels under my alias, Mr. Happy.
  • I don't really put too much emphasis on what somebody else might think of it. Otherwise your putting limits on yourself.
  • I find that doing the drums last, coming from a drum history, really works well for me.
  • I think in the last year or so I've gotten good at not letting it bother me, just doing what I do, and not thinking about everybody else so much.
  • I want to hear melody I want people to sing to my music.
  • It sounds kind of strange, but Jail time was almost a good experience for me.
  • It's all about the music. For me, that's truly what I live for. Just music constantly. Always listening to, writing, or playing music. That's definitely me.
  • Nikki lives around the corner from me and I see him all the time. We talk a lot, and of course we're still friends. That was our baby, Motley Crue, we put that band together.
  • That's the good part of having my past follow me, is that sometimes some of that stuff can help.
  • There's Tommy, Tommy Lee the rock star, and Tommy the dad. I'm wearing several hats these days.
  • We had toga parties. You name it we did it.
  • Well, some people die and then they sell more records, go figure.
  • When I was a little kid, I took tap and ballet. I've always loved to dance. I'm a rhythm machine.
  • When they're at the concert, very few of those people are going to be standing there, sober, watching your show[9]
  • Whenever I write, I only write about what I know or what I have experienced or feeling.
  • Whether it's crazy, fun stuff or bad- my life has been really fun and really exciting definitely never been dull.
  • You never know what's going to happen sometimes, or what you think's going to happen never happens, or when you least expect it, the Santana record comes along and just blows up.
  • Not off the snare, but I used to fill up a beer cap to the brim and smash the fucker into my nose and play the last two songs of an encore. Definitely yeah

About Drugs unsourced

  • I got it: stay away from cocaine and heroin.
    • (On figuring out how to get through life)
  • But you know what I'm trying to say, it's that there's a couple of really dangerous drugs out there and I've lost some friends to them.

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Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and drummer for the band Mötley Crüe.

He was married to Pamela Anderson.

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