Tommy Lee
American musician
Tommy Lee
Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, 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 been married to model Elaine Bergen and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
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Jill Kargman Climbs a "Stairway to Cabaret" at the Café Carlyle
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Not sure whether or not Jill Kargman would riff on the Led Zepplin classic "Stairway to Heaven," I had to admit, the comedienne, creator of Bravo's Odd Mom Out, and author of Sprinkle Glitter on my Grave brought something different to the Café Carlyle. The set list, for example, featured only eight songs. Kargman is gifted at stand up, weaving songs and stories together into a funny, entertaining evening, spoken from the perspective of an East Side mom at odds with the prevailing ethos. Tales of a Southern nanny named Sue, a Bulgarian make up artist, and a trip to Disneyworld gave new meaning to Jon Bon Jovi/ Richie Sambora's "Wanted Dead or Alive," the Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, John McCurry hit "Poison," and Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee's "Girls, Girls, Girls." Eschewing cabaret convention, Kargman did away with a ceremonial introduction to her band: musical director Marco Paguia on piano under the direction of Trip Cullman, flying by their mention. And, there was no enco ...
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Bob Dylan's Grandson Levi Is One Very Handsome Model
Huffington Post - about 1 month
It’s not uncommon for the children and grandchildren of celebrities to pursue similar paths as their famous relatives. And it appears that model Levi Dylan, son of Jakob Dylan and grandson of Bob Dylan, is anything but a wallflower.  The younger Dylan walked in Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2017 fashion show in Milan on Tuesday, looking downright babely in a double-breasted jacket, a pair of glasses and buckled shoes.  Dylan told The Cut back in August 2016 that he wouldn’t do runway work because “those guys are really tall,” but changed his tune to walk alongside other famous offspring like Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s son Brandon Lee, Jude Law’s son Rafferty and Cindy Crawford’s son, Presley Gerber. The show is not the 22-year-old’s first foray into the modeling world. Dylan has posed for Wonderland Magazine and Vogue Italia, crediting his photographer girlfriend Alana O’Herlihy with introducing him to the industry. He has also appeared at Fashion Week be ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - President Trump To Feel Your Pain, Inner Thighs
The Huffington Post - 5 months
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening A poll finds the staunchly isolationist Gary Johnson nearly tied for first among active members of the military, probably because they don’t want to know what Aleppo is, either. Democratic anxiety over poll numbers are reaching such a level that “A Trump win will really help the Democrats with 2020 redistricting” thinkpieces should be popping up soon. And work crews began construction of the inaugural platform in front of the Capitol, though President-elect Trump will be disappointed when he learns they had to scrap Tommy Lee’s rotating drum kit. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, September 21st, 2016: More...
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Discussing All Things Awesome With Jazz is Phish
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Adam Chase is the founder of Jazz Is Phish as well as an accomplished drummer, percussionist, song writer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. What I love most about Adam and what he has created in his life is the fact that he took what he loves and is passionate about, invited people he loves and respects to collaborate with him and created something magical from that intention. He is an incredibly inspiring human that we all could learn something from so I obviously had to interview him. Taraleigh: How did the concept for Jazz is Phish come to be? Adam: In my years of touring, I constantly came across incredible musicians that were closet Phish fans, but for some reason didn't want to admit it. It kind of reminded me of when children rebel against their parents in their attempts to form their own identities. They don't want to be associated with the thing that shaped them and influenced them for such a big chunk of their lives. It became apparent to me that if I could cr ...
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Funeral service for Lemmy of Motörhead to be broadcast live, interest soars
LATimes - about 1 year
In Internet time, the death of Motörhead leader Lemmy Kilmister is old news. Since Lemmy's death on Dec. 28, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue got stuck inside of his drum kit during a farewell show at the Forum, Axl Rose and Slash announced a reunion of  Guns N’ Roses  and a bunch of weakling, non-Motörhead...
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Mötley Crüe's upside-down stunt backfires
CNN - about 1 year
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee got stuck upside down during the band's final show in Los Angeles.
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Ozzy, Tipper and Judas Priest: The 1980s Was a Crazy Train, Maybe I Should've Taken the Local
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I'm of the school that states we're each allotted a certain amount of alcoholic drinks in a lifetime. It's an equation mostly based on girth, genetics and one's propensity for destruction. At fifteen I discovered my depression could be lifted by cans of Budweiser. I welcomed the relief. I was free enough to be giddy, to elicit laughter from my friends for original creative thoughts. It was 1981 and we partied to a new sound that blasted its way into the ethos of suburban New Jersey. Metal. It came in a package of light beer, brown weed and the hurling of one's head back and forth to the quick thump of rock. The musicians were Gods to us: rich, talented, drug aficionados who could party all day long and play in stadiums at night. From an education fraught with regulation we were amazed that such superheroes existed. They flipped off reporters, swigged tequila from the sunroof of limos and destroyed hotel rooms. Every effort we made to include ourselves in this energy left us more alive, ...
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Pamela Anderson And Rick Salomon Are Officially Divorced
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Pamela Anderson is officially divorced from Rick Salomon. The former "Baywatch" star and the poker player, both 47, finalized their messy divorce earlier this week and released a joint statement Wednesday, People reports. "Public divorces can be harsh and cruel -- we apologize to our families and friends for any hurt and embarrassment we have caused -– we have come to an amicable agreement and are moving on," the ex-couple said. "There are private and personal family sensitivities to consider and we retract any hurtful comments made in haste and distaste. We wish each other and our families well." The divorce proceedings took an ugly turn in March, when Anderson filed a restraining order claiming that Salomon was abusive and that she was "scared of what he is capable of doing to me." In emails filed with the restraining order, Salomon allegedly called Anderson a "serial baby killer to her husbands." According to TMZ, Salomon will pay the actress about $1 million in the di ...
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On Rachel Rampleman's Girls Girls Girls
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Still from Girls Girls Girls; New Jersey Crüefest Tailgate Party, 2012 Rachel Rampleman introduced me to the NYC-based, all-ladies Mötley Crüe tribute band, Girls Girls Girls one Saturday night in early 2014 during a visit to her Brooklyn studio. The band was getting ready to play their last show at the Bowery Ballroom and I was invited to witness the final act. A friend recently called Mötley Crüe "butt rock," which he told me was coined by a Seattle grunge guy in the 90s, a term I found particularly apropos. Despite that fact that I wasn't even remotely interested in Mötley Crüe, Rampleman was clearly onto something and so I was all in. Mistress Mars (aka Denise Mercedes) in San Francisco from the photo series Girls Girls Girls, 2007-2014 Rampleman brings an omnipresent eye of the observer to the Girls Girls Girls' life cycle. With the diligence of a scientist or a collector, Rampleman marks the group's performances and eccentric activities, like working the tailgate parties ...
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The 33 Best Ramen Shops in America
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
By: Dan Gentile Ramen used to cost 10 cents. Now it costs a trained crew of culinary professionals several days of their lives watching broth boil. Like a pot of pork bones, ramen's popularity has been simmering for a long time. In the years since we released our initial list of the 21 best shops in the country, the noodle trend has reached a full boil, so much so that we felt the need to expand our list to a whopping 33 ramen-yas. Since making great ramen is a time-honored art, our new list pays respect to some of the more iconic trailblazers, as well as celebrates a few promising newcomers. Happy slurping! More: The Best Pizzeria in Every State in America Credit: Adam Robb/Thrillist Cheu Noodle Bar Philadelphia, PA What you're getting: Brisket ramen The dudes at Cheu prioritize "keeping it real" over authenticity to the point that their shop was originally going to be called Roundeye. After opting for a less offensive moniker, Cheu has noodled its way into the he ...
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Victims, statistics show serious deficiencies in Harvey police work
Chicago Times - about 3 years
On an oil-stained blacktop beside a Harvey convenience store, someone shot and killed 20-year-old trade student Tommy Lee in his car.     
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Victims, statistics show deficiencies in Harvey police work
Chicago Tribune - about 3 years
On an oil-stained blacktop beside a Harvey convenience store, someone shot and killed 20-year-old trade student Tommy Lee in his car.
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Motley Crue calling it quits, planning huge farewell tour - Fox News
Google News - about 3 years
San Francisco Chronicle Motley Crue calling it quits, planning huge farewell tour Fox News The band, who has been together for 33 years, announced on Tuesday that they are retiring, but they will do a massive farewell tour first. Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars made the announcement at a heavily promoted press conference on ... Don't go away mad: Motley Crue breaks up, announces farewell tourThe Star-Ledger - NJ.com Motley Crue to retire, plan 72 goodbye concertsWashington Post Motley Crue Promise to Never Reunite After Next TourRollingStone.com MarketWatch all 63 news articles »
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Leonardo DiCaprio's Teenage Hookup Detailed in New Memoir
Just Jared - over 3 years
Leonardo DiCaprio takes a moment to bask in the heat of the sunlight while waiting for his car to arrive on Saturday (November 16) in New York City. The 39-year-old actor allegedly had a one night stand with video vixen Bobbie Brown back when he was only nineteen, and now the hookup is being detailed in her new memoir “Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip.” “I unbuttoned his jeans and tugged down on his boxers,” Bobbie, who was twenty-six at the time, wrote in the book (via The Daily Mail). “(What) I saw made me gasp. It made no sense. The kid put Tommy Lee to shame.” “Waves of satisfaction rippled through my body. If only Tommy Lee could see me now. He was a unicorn. Rare, innocent, and horny. Me, on the other hand, I’d been engaged, married and had given birth. I needed a man, not a man-child,” she added.
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Bobbie Brown’s Heartbreak When Ex Tommy Lee Married Pam Anderson
Hollywood Life - over 3 years
Before Pamela and Tommy Lee’s steamy, oft-publicized relationship, he was engaged to another buxom blonde — Bobbie. Now the ‘Cherry Pie’ video vixen is finally opening up in a memoir, revealing the emotional roller coaster she was put on by her Motley Crue ex-fiance. Bobbie Brown and Tommy Lee were the rock star couple of the mid-Nineties, until Pamela Anderson – a Bobbie doppelgänger — swooped in and stole the Motley Crue drummer away. The shocking details of the blonde bombshell love triangle have never truly been revealed — until now. Bobbie Brown Tells All Bobbie, who rose to fame after starring in Warrant‘s “Cherry Pie” music video in 1990, is finally spilling all the gory details about her life — the rock ‘n’ roll, the drugs, and yes, her relationship with Tommy Lee — in a memoir entitled Dirty Rocker Boys (out Nov. 26). Bobbie writes about how she and Tommy first initially hooked up in 1994, with him leaving messages on her answering machine, saying things like, “You’r ...
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Pamela Anderson Talks Topless Pictures, Admits She's Back With Her Ex-Husband
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Pamela Anderson chatted about those recent topless pictures in an interview on "Ellen," airing today (Oct. 17). The 46-year-old admitted she is back together with her ex-husband Rick Salomon after rumors surfaced that the couple had reconciled when photos of Anderson wearing just her bikini bottoms on the beach in Biarritz, France, hit the Internet earlier this month. Anderson told Ellen DeGeneres that "nobody cares" about nudity in France and exclaimed, "If I knew there were photographers there I would have taken the bottoms off too!" As for whether or not she's full-on back together with film producer Salomon, whom she annulled her marriage to in 2008 after about a year together, Anderson says, "I say we're best friends ... with benefits. I don't want to meet anyone else." DeGeneres observed that this seems to be a trend for the former "Baywatch" star since she keeps "going back to the same guys." "You're married then you go back," DeGeneres said, obviously referring to Anders ...
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Carmen Electra Discusses Her Storied Love Life and Simon Cowell
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Carmen Electra is no stranger to the public eye. Despite countless television and film roles, a dance hit earlier this year and numerous appearances in Playboy, a string of high profile love affairs have perhaps brought the beauty the most notoriety. Electra both acknowledges and jokes about her headline-grabbing dalliances with a veritable checklist of rock music's top names. "Yes, there's some truth to that list, but some are not true," the one-time Baywatch babe told me. "I get linked to people I've barely met. There are people -- honestly -- who I've met, we shook hands, and that was it. Or it's someone I've worked with..." "Or maybe it's someone, you know, I just kissed..." Electra stops to laugh at her own joke, "But after that, you're linked as boyfriend and girlfriend forever!" The superstar -- who admits being drawn to "very eccentric people" -- acknowledges the most notable names from her past. Iconic rocker Prince discovered her while she was still in her teens, si ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy Lee
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 51
    Lee announced on February 24, 2014, that he was engaged to singer Sofia Toufa.
    More Details Hide Details Lee and Anderson 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. According to The Dirt, Lee claims that he was having work done at his house, and a person (who, according to the book, was a former porn star by the name of Rand Gauthier) working at the house found the tape and sold it. Anderson sued the video distribution company, Internet Entertainment Group. Ultimately, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement agreement with IEG. Thereafter, the company began making the tape available to subscribers to its Web sites again, resulting in triple the normal traffic on the site. In 1998, Lee served six months in county jail after pleading no contest to kicking Pamela Anderson while she was holding their son Dylan. During an altercation over Anderson's refusal to call and ask her parents not to come over to the family's house, Lee assaulted his wife, leaving her with "bruises, a torn fingernail and fear for the safety of her two sons, Dylan and Brandon."
    In 2014, Tommy Lee joined the Smashing Pumpkins to perform drums for their Monuments to an Elegy album.
    More Details Hide Details That same year Tommy Lee joined the rest of his Mötley Crüe bandmates in a farewell tour. As part of the tour each member signed a legal document preventing them from ever touring under the Mötley Crüe moniker again. In 2004, he starred in a reality show for NBC called Tommy Lee Goes to College. Lee was also one of the producers of the show. In spring 2008, Lee commenced filming another reality TV show with rapper Ludacris for Planet Green (Discovery Channel's 24-hour eco-friendly network) titled Battleground Earth.
  • 2013
    Age 50
    In 2013, Lee sent a letter to Alberta premier Alison Redford requesting that she end the Calgary Stampede's chuckwagon races that have resulted in the death of 50 horses, since 1986, being euthanized from injuries.
    More Details Hide Details Lee, in his capacity as a member of PETA, wrote, "There was a time when cowboys respected their horses instead of riding them to death just to show off for a crowd," to which the ministry responded that Lee's letter was worthwhile. Lee currently uses Pearl drums, Pearl and Remo drum heads, Zildjian cymbals, and Ahead drumsticks. He has, in the past, also used drum sets by various other companies including Tama in Mötley Crüe's early days, Sonor, and dw. He has since returned to Pearl in the late 2000s. In the past Lee also used Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks and also briefly used Aquarian drumheads in the late '90s.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 47
    Lee is a supporter of animal rights and PETA. In 2010, Lee sent a letter to Terry Prather, the president of SeaWorld, protesting the treatment of Tilikum the killer whale.
    More Details Hide Details Lee believed that the animal should be set free and claimed that SeaWorld would not comply as Tilikum is their primary sperm donor. Lee wrote that he was appalled by SeaWorld's "sick and twisted" methods for obtaining Tilikum's sperm. Lee concluded that he wished to avoid further tragedies of trainers being killed, as these tragedies had resulted from the whales' aversion to captivity.
    On March 25, 2010, he co-presented the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) along with Roger Sanchez and DJ Rap.
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  • 2009
    Age 46
    In an interview held backstage at the 2009 Download Festival, Lee confirmed that he is currently working on his yet-to-be-named third solo album.
    More Details Hide Details It is expected to be released sometime in 2010. On June 27, 2010 Tommy played drums for Ludacris at the BET Awards 2010.
    He played keyboards too with Deftones at a benefit show for defunct bassist Chi Cheng in 2009.
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    In 2009, Lee appeared in select cities with Sharam, one half of Grammy Award nominated and Grammy Award winning Deep Dish, accompanying Sharam live on the piano during his house DJ sets.
    More Details Hide Details Lee and DJ Aero also accompanied deadmau5 in his 2011 Meowington Hax tour.
  • 2008
    Age 45
    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, Crüe Fest.
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  • 2007
    Age 44
    In September 2007, Lee was kicked out of the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony after engaging in a fight with Kid Rock.
    More Details Hide Details Kid Rock was cited for assault on Lee and pleaded guilty.
    Lee already quit once in 2007 in September before returning to the band.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2006
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    Tommy Lee was also a guest DJ at WXRK "K-Rock" in New York during the Fourth of July Monster Metal Meltdown in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Lee also recorded drum tracks for the alternative rock band Jack's Mannequin, which has released the album Everything in Transit. In November 2007, it was announced by Nikki Sixx that Tommy Lee was no longer a member of Mötley Crüe.
    Lee released his autobiography, Tommyland and his second solo album, Tommyland: The Ride in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The CD featured as a soundtrack to the book and includes the singles, "Tryin to be Me", "Good Times" which was the theme song to his reality TV series Tommy Lee Goes to College and "Hello, Again" which features Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin.
  • 2004
    Age 41
    Lee and Aero debuted as DJs on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival during Winter Music Conference (WMC) in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Lee and Aero have been DJing together since 2000, and they will again have a major presence at Miami's WMC in 2008.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 39
    In August 2002, Tommy Lee and his solo band joined Ozzfest, mainstage. In 2006, 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, Magni Ásgeirsson, and Toby Rand with his own band Juke Kartel were the three runners up and accepted an offer to go on tour with Supernova. The self-titled debut album Rock Star Supernova was released on November 21, 2006.
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  • 2001
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence. Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.
    Although divorced, the couple reunited briefly upon Lee's release from prison but eventually split again in 2001. They reconciled and split again in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008 it was announced that Lee and Anderson were back together and living with each other and their children.
    Although Lee distanced himself from Mötley Crüe after splitting, he agreed to take part in their 2001 autobiography, The Dirt.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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").
  • 1999
    Age 36
    Lee came back once with Motley Crüe to go on the Crüe's Greatest Hits tour in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    Lee faced a 1998 lawsuit when he allegedly exposed a right-facing Nazi swastika tattoo on his arm to public scrutiny (the tattoo was in fact a left-facing swastika).
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    In 1996, Lee had pleaded 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 has since been removed) was said to be visible and Lee's lawyer argued it would inflame the jury and create unfair prejudice against Lee.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after claiming that the introduction of the tattoo into the court record would produce prejudice, Lee denied its existence. Lee's attorney reported the swastika was a "stupid tattoo obtained several years ago." In October 1999, Lee was arrested in North Carolina after instigating a riot during the 1997 concert at Greensboro Coliseum. Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx allegedly made racist comments to a black security guard, suggesting that the crowd attack him. Sixx and Lee were said to have poured beer over the guard's head.
  • 1995
    Age 32
    On February 19, 1995, four days after they met, Lee married actress and Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson. Together they have two sons, Brandon (born June 5, 1996) and Dylan (born December 29, 1997). They wed on a beach, with Anderson in a bikini. The couple divorced in 1998.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 23
    Lee has been married three times. His first wife was Elaine Starchuk. On May 10, 1986, Lee married actress Heather Locklear, divorcing in 1993.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Lee used several memorable gimmicks during his drum solos 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 was legendary for mooning the crowd at nearly every show. The band was known for their decadent behavior both on and offstage, often consuming excessive amounts of drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, pills and alcohol. In 2004, Lee reunited with the original Mötley Crüe line-up to release the double-disc album of hits entitled Red, White & Crüe, which went quad platinum and 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 finished the year number 8 on the top concert money earners list. They played 81 shows and grossed million according to Billboard Boxscore.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Lee was born Thomas Lee Bass in 1962 Athens, Greece, to father David Lee Thomas Bass, an American Army serviceman, and mother Vassiliki Papadimitriou, a 1957 Miss Greece contestant.
    More Details Hide Details His family moved to California a year after his birth. He received his first drum when he was four and his first drum kit when he was a teenager. Lee has one younger sister, Athena Lee (Athena Michelle Bass, b. 1964), who was married to James Kottak, the drummer for the band Scorpions and she was also the drummer of his solo band KrunK. As a teen, Lee listened to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Kiss, AC/DC and Sweet. His main drum influences were John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Alex Van Halen and Terry Bozzio. After transferring from South Hills High School; he joined the marching band at Royal Oak High School (now Royal Oak Middle School) in Covina, California. His first successful band Suite 19 played the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles during the late 1970s. 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. Tommy recommended a singer he had met while in high school, Vince Neil, who soon joined the group, and Mötley Crüe was formed.
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