Tommy Lee is most known for being a founding member of Mötley Crüe and their drummer. He has 20 albums (studio, compilations, and live) with Mötley Crüe, six of which have gone platinum. He’s also the founder of the rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem and has had a successful solo career.
Tommy Lee was born Thomas Lee Bass on October 3, 1962, in Athens, Greece. His father was a sergeant in the United States Army. In 1960, his mother was Miss Greece. Athena, his younger sister, is his only sibling. When Lee was around a year old, his family relocated to California. Lee got his first drumsticks when he was four years old.
He received his first true drum kit when he was a teenager after discovering hard rock and heavy metal bands like Kiss, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. Lee was a drummer in his high school marching band before leaving out to pursue his dream of joining a rock band in his senior year. In the early 1980s, Lee’s first band, Studio 19, performed on the Sunset Strip.
At a Studio 19 gig, Lee met future Mötley Crüe bandmate Nikki Sixx. Van Halen and Quiet Riot were two other lesser-known bands performing on the Sunset Strip at the time.
Mötley Crüe (Mötley Crüe)
Nikki Sixx was aiming to start a band that would be very theatrical and specialize in heavy metal songs when Tommy Lee met him. Sixx felt he’d discovered his drummer when he saw Lee perform with Studio 19. Sixx persuaded Lee to leave Studio 19, and the two of them created the beginnings of Mötley Crüe. Mick Mars, a guitarist, joined the new band not long after.
To round out the new band, Lee suggested Vince Neil, a singer he knew from high school. Too Fast For Love, Mötley Crüe’s debut album, was released on the band’s own independent label in 1981. Mötley Crüe was signed by Elektra Records shortly after, and Too Fast For Love was re-released in 1982. Mötley Crüe had a succession of hit albums throughout the next decade, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), and Dr. Feelgood (1989). (1989).
During his drum solos, Lee was known for using a variety of special effects and stunts, such as having his drum equipment float above the audience while he played. As featured in the 2019 Netflix film The Dirt, Tommy Lee and Mötley Crüe were infamous for their partying both on and offstage, as well as the excessive amounts of drugs and alcohol they drank.
In 1999, Lee formed Methods of Mayhem, a supergroup-style rap-metal band. Methods of Mayhem, the band’s debut album, was released the same year, and the band went on tour to promote it. Lee’s debut solo album, Never a Dull Moment, was released in 2002. In the same year, Lee’s solo band was added to the program of Ozzfest, a heavy metal music festival.
In 2004, Lee and the rest of Mötley Crüe’s original lineup reunited for the release of Red, White, & Crüe, a double-CD anthology record. The band’s fans were ecstatic about the new album, which went quadruple platinum and was accompanied by a major tour. The band’s first tour in six years, the Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead, had 81 concerts.
Tommy Lee Goes to College, a reality show in which he attended classes at the University of Nebraska and played drums in the school’s marching band, premiered in 2005. In the same year, Lee published Tommyland, his autobiography, and Tommyland: The Ride, his second solo album.
Mötley Crüe was set to perform a series of stadium gigs with Poison, Def Lepard, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in 2020, however the tour was postponed owing to the coronavirus epidemic.
Elaine Starchuk was Lee’s first wife, and they married in 1984. In 1985, they divorced.
Lee married actress Heather Locklear on May 10, 1986. In 1993, the couple divorced. Locklear later married Richie Sambora, the guitarist from Bon Jovi, with whom she has a daughter, Ava (born in 1997).
Lee was once engaged to model Bobbie Brown after his divorce from Locklear.
Lee married Pamela Anderson on February 19, 1995. They’d only met four days before. Brandon and Dylan are their two sons together. In 1998, the couple divorced.
After pleading no guilty to kicking Pamela Anderson while she was holding their son Dylan, Lee received six months in county jail in 1998. Anderson allegedly refused to contact and urge her parents not to visit the family, prompting Lee to assault his wife. Lee and Anderson briefly reconnected after Lee was released from prison in 2001. Lee and Anderson rekindled their romance in 2008, even moving in together with their sons, but they broke up again not long after.
From 2002 to 2003, Lee was engaged to Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.
Lee was thrown out of the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony in September 2007 after a brawl with Kid Rock.
From 2014 to 2017, Lee was engaged to Greek-German singer Sofia Toufa.
Lee proposed to his girlfriend Brittany Furlan on February 14, 2018, and she accepted. A year later, on February 14, 2019, they married.
Purchasing Real Estate
Tommy paid $837,886 for a property in Malibu’s hills on February 14, 1995. This is the house he and Pamela Anderson would soon call home. They married on a beach in Mexico just a few days after he bought this house. Pamela and Tommy moved into the house after returning from Mexico and began a significant makeover. They kept a huge safe in their garage. They kept the white bikini she wore at their wedding, a bunch of firearms, and some valuables in that safe. and their infamous sex tape shot on home video.
In October 1995, a vengeful electrician named Rand Gauthier devised a complex plan to take the safe from the garage as retaliation for Tommy’s alleged refusal to pay a $20-30,000 payment. Rand was the one who spread the word about the house to the rest of the world.
This Malibu house was featured in a popular episode of “MTV Cribs” that aired in 2000. Tommy sold the house for $2.5 million in 2005.
Lee advertised his Calabasas, California house for $4.65 million in late May 2018. The 10,000-square-foot house includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an atrium with indoor waterfalls, and a retractable glass roof. A koi pond, a stone saltwater bath, and a saltwater piano-shaped pool are also included in the property. There’s also a full gym, a home theater, a wine room, a second kitchen, and an outside entertaining area with a grill, fires, and torch lighting. The 13-car garage was turned into a recording studio by Lee. He had previously listed the house for $6 million in 2016.
Tommy Lee’s net worth
Tommy Lee is a musician and drummer from the United States with a net worth of $70 million dollars.