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Tommy Lee Claims To Be "Over Rock Music"

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Clubplanet.com recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Clubplanet.com: Tommy, was there a moment where you first fell in love with electronic music, and is there a split between rock and dance fans who come to see you DJ?

Tommy Lee: At our L.A. Forum gig, there were 6,000 people, and everyone was dancing their asses off! I've always loved dance music, even back in the disco era.

Clubplanet.com: Which DJs do you like?

Lee: I like Benny Benassi, Adam Freeland, Erick Morillo…Erick and I've done a couple of things together. I can't believe it's such a shock that I like dance music, because any time I've done anything with drums, I've always incorporated electro shit, always, always, always! When I'm at home, dance music is all I listen to! I'm actually kinda over rock music…

Clubplanet.com: Tommy, did you just say you're over rock?

Lee: I really am! If I sit-down to write a song, it's definitely gonna have beats…but, just the old drum sound or cheesy rock guitars…I'm just like, ugh! I'm just tired of the same-ole.

Clubplanet.com: If electronic music producers can incorporate rock guitars and other rock-inspired sounds into their dance music, why can't a rock star play electronic music, right?

Lee: Totally! You know what I just heard today? It's a band from Australia called SILVERCHAIR; they're a rock band and I heard it from radio. They have a track called "Straight Lines", and it's a remix waiting to happen!

Clubplanet.com: When did you first become inspired to dabble in electronic dance music?

Lee: I think working on the METHODS OF MAYHEM project, which was a hybrid, rock-techno-industrial-metal thing…I wanted to combine all of those styles and put them on one record. I had everyone from Snoop Dogg to the guy from the CRYSTAL METHOD, to Kid Rock, to George Clinton, to the WU-TANG CLAN! That project was in '99-2000. I didn't just wanna be this one-dimensional "rock guy."

Clubplanet.com: Tommy, is there an aspect of DJing that satisfies you as a musician, whereas you don't find the same fulfillment playing in a band?

Lee: Yeah, it's the sounds. You sit there and you play a rock concert, and it's loud 'n' banging. But the electronic sound hits so much harder and there's something about the bass [in electronic music] that freaks me out! If you go to a club, you'll find me standing in front of the sub-woofers! [laughs] That's something that comes from DJing that I don't get from playing rock music, that big bass and gorgeous analog sound. Those sounds don't come from drums or guitars…those sounds only come from electronic drums or synthesizers! It's a whole new set of sounds you can't get with a rock band. Listen, I love rock. But with electronic, I get to taste all the flavors.

Clubplanet.com: I never would've thought Tommy Lee was such an electronic music enthusiast. Do you mind being called a "celebrity DJ?"

Lee: [moans] I fucking hate the celeb-DJ shit. My feelings get hurt. Some stupid tabloid mentioned me and Lindsay Lohan as being "celebrity DJs." Don't even put her with me in the same sentence.

Clubplanet.com: Tommy, do you ever feel as though people doubt your sincerity as a DJ?

Lee: I'm not DJing for any other reason than because I love it! When I'm sitting at a drum machine making beats, I'm in my happiest state ever. I could literally die. My close friends who come see us DJ, they're like, "Dude, when you DJ, you go into your own world!" That's true.

Clubplanet.com: Is there a downside to your fame when you're DJing?

Lee: Well, you've got the MÖTLEY fans, you've got the Tommy Lee fans, and the dance kids in there. I like it, because it's been my goal to get everyone to have fun together. I'd be so much happier if all the cameras were put away, though. Sometimes, the lighting guys are like, "What kind of lights do you want?" I'm like, "Please do not put a spotlight on me!" If I don't get a chance to tell them before the show and they put a bright spotlight on me, I ask [my tour manager] to put the spotlight on the kids.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. megachang writes:

thats OK - Rock has been over Tommy "sell-out / latest fad" Lee for some time. SuperNova - what a f***ing joke....

# Aug 16, 2007 @ 1:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

boring news...i listen to trance and metal, and will never turn my back on metal....electronic techno music is an acquired taste....99% of the people who listen to motley crue wont listen to your dance stuff.....

# Aug 16, 2007 @ 1:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. rising end writes:

sh**, same here i listen to a wide range of things. death metal, salsa, j-pop and j-rock, trance, soft electronica........but you'll never hear me say "well f*** metal that's like so totally last year.....". what a fag. one things is being open minded and another is selling out.

# Aug 16, 2007 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

Go see Tommy Lee be a DJ, his friends think he's great!

...wow.

When I read the title Tommy Lee Claims To Be "Over Rock Music" I was bracing myself for huge laughs.
For a moment I was trying imagine him conducting for classical musicians or worse.... He tried the rap-rock thing and solo rock and probably other sh** I don't know about. Why is he so determined to cling to the spotlight?

I would have retired on my Crue money years ago just so I could hang out pond side with my coy....

Now Playing: Blackfield - "Lullaby".....appropriate since I'm winding down and metal'd out for the day.

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 12:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Red_Chord writes:

First, it's fun to see that you guys listen to a lot of different styles of music. it shows that people who think that metal fans like us are close minded are wrong....way wrong.

Second, screw Tommy Lee. It's not like it changes anything at all. He is over dated anyways. So just go and do dance music if that is your new passion but don't diss rock a$$ hole.

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 7:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. QM writes:

well, that's Mr. Tommy Lee for you. When he gets exited about something he always wants to dump everything else. It's just "take 120 of Tommy changing style"!

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 7:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Acid Rain writes:

*Trying to visualize Tommy Lee in DJ clothing and a flatbrimmed hat* Not really surprised I knew he was pathetic a couple of years back when he was hanging out with Nick Carter.

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 8:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Necropolis writes:

First of all, I don't think he could have retired on his Crue money. That dude has to be on so much drugs that it isn't funny.

Second of all, I can't stand this dude, I think he's a dirtball, so its great that he is going to Techno/Dance, but honestly he is going to ruin that too. Leave that to good DJ's like the euro guys(Tiesto, Van Buren), and even Daft Punk, Oakenfold. I would love to see him dancing with the headphones on, then get on the microphone talking about "much love, man"

He's a has-been, and I'm glad that he said he's over rock, because it's been over him since the 80's.

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 9:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jomama writes:

Hey, this is a lot better than the dude from Strapping Young Lad saying to hell w/ metal. Ha! At least Tommy still loves music and that's all that matters. Sometime you get bored and have to try new things. He'll be back.

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 10:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. coldiem writes:

If, to you, he is just "the dude from Strapping Young Lad", then why do you care? Anyway, I guess when you've been in a band for years and know the ins and outs, then you can have an opinion on the matter. Most of us can't understand his reasons for wanting to leave the music scene. Anyway, Devin is still releasing metal music so if I fail to see your point claiming he said "to hell w/metal." What he did do, however, is say to hell with media attention, touring, etc. As for this Tommy Lee thing, I couldn't really care less :P

# Aug 17, 2007 @ 4:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. BoltThrower writes:

Yes, we listen to a lot of different styles. Metal, death metal, thrash metal, old school metal. Lots of different styles for sure.

# Aug 19, 2007 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. MANIAC NYDM GEORGIA PROSPECT writes:

This kinda sucks for me because Tommy Lee was the reason i started playing drums Motley Crue got me to metal but i could see it coming when on the last tour his drum solo was helf electronic. But i am sure the reason he does it to find those dumb Hollywood broads like Paris Hilton but oh well another hero lost to the pop culture

# Aug 19, 2007 @ 11:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BLACKDOG writes:

If that's how he really feel's then so be it.I personally listen to alot of different stuff.It really boils down to what my mood is or who I'm with.Let's face it if your with a girl and trying to set the mood your not gonna turn on KSE or LOG.

At the end of the day Tommy Lee is a little off the wall anyway.So the statement does not surprise me.

# Aug 19, 2007 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. VO writes:

For me this is a VERY PERSONAL SAD NOTE TO A MAJOR INFLUENCE. because i was that dude in Jr. High In 1986 with my Tommy Lee magazine pic laminated by the school librarian on my folder!! Factor in that I'm a black dude in school 98% Black..Oh this hurts bad!!! However It aint fookin 1985!! Tommy Lee has lived Four maybe five lives with his long list of great accomplishments!! Yeah we'll all love himr to death for waht he showed us from behind the drumkit, but if electronic based music makes him happy good for him. Many forget how challenging programming and working with electronics can be.
Hating on him for that would be like hating on a friend for getting married...Life changes your mind about many things. One thing is certain..HE WILL ALWAY'S BE NOTED FOR THE DRUM WORK AND THAT IN TIME STICK TWIRLING!! COME ON PEOPLE..THIS IS A GUY WHO'S BEEN BUYING HOMES AND LAMBORGHINIS SINCE HE WAS 20, AND HAS HAD HEATHER LOCKLEAR AND PAM ANDERSON..LET HIM HAVE HIS DANG DRUM MACHINE AND TURNTABLES!!

# Aug 20, 2007 @ 12:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. the antihippy writes:

genghis tron tbqfh.

np: funeral diner- collapsing

# Aug 20, 2007 @ 6:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Tenic writes:

Mr Lee has accomplished a hell of a lot more in his life than most. The 80's was the time of Tommy Lee's golden era in the Crue, but time has moved on, we all move on and when we do we all eventualy change one way or another. We all find new interests and hobbies as we go through life, no matter what age we may be. And this is all Tommy is doing, finding fun through new interests and being creative. It's great that the Crue are still going strong... And Tommy is still apart of it, hence he is still very much involved with rock music regardless of what he says. But Motley Crue is and will mostly be remembered as a band from the 80's with its own attitude and lifeforce that caused earthquakes 20+ years ago, and because of this time gap, it is difficult to see the Crue pulling out many more original hits from their hat to cater for todays crowds in modern times. Maybe their making a new album, but not something they would live on, they still have their own projects. Motley Crue will stick around forever, but it seems happy where it is, dishing out the old classics to fans the world over.. over and over again.. And the Crue are obviously happy with this, but they are still gonna wanna break the cycle of playing the same songs an infinit number of times every now and then. It would give any musician the urge to try something 'new'.. and the members of Motley know that, to accomplish their individual goals of todays world, they must go at it on their own. Look at Nikki Sixx, he has his own band that sounds a far cry from Motley.. So whats the problem with Tommy expanding his musical capabilities and interests? He's always been the one to experiment in Motley and now he's got his freedom to execute his ideas. We only live one life, so why waste it, why NOT do too much? Why NOT fulfill ambitions and goals? I hope Tommy is still shocking us with new motives and experimenting with music when he's gone all old, bearing a walking stick. Love it or despise it. Im no fan of his DJ stuff, but I respect him for stickin it to whatever anyone tells him he shouldnt be doing, he's constantly moving on, while other so-called 'rockers' waste their time bad-mouthing him.. and to think he gives a s***? Rocks about freedom to express, its about alot of things but, it's never narrow minded.. yet so many people seem to be that way these days.. whats the point.. one life.. one game.. enjoy all music and have fun!

# Aug 25, 2007 @ 11:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Tommy Tutone writes:

^^^^ BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH MY NAME'S TENIC BLAH BLAH BLAH I'M A RETARD BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!!!!

# Aug 26, 2007 @ 1:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Tenics sisters vet writes:

Are you thick mate? My names not Tenic, to belive that would be a sin! Its a screen code. God my real names on my school report or my drivers licence... But I suppose its not all that bad cos im not a yank, thank god... so I suppose Im at less chance of being a retard than some people. But im glad I got feedback,,, it just confirmed that I was talking to a real life meathead. So im hounoured.. really, love you man XXX

# Aug 26, 2007 @ 7:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. DeathInEye writes:

I don't understand why you can't have it all in a metal/rock based atmosphere. Listen to Deadlock, heavy techno/industrial influence.

# Aug 26, 2007 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Tommy Tutone writes:

Well Tenic, every country has it's retards. Too bad you think your so f***ing great because your some fag brit.

# Aug 26, 2007 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Radrocker writes:

Seems to me that Tommy is forgeting what got him where he's at. It's ok to change direction in life, just don't walk on the ones who supported you when you do. It's us the rockers who got him where he is because we bought the rock he created in the Crue.

# Aug 29, 2007 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Tommy Tutone writes:

RADRocker.............pppfffffffffft Your SOOOOOOOOOO coool. Well, us Americans created rock music, lest we not forget.

# Aug 29, 2007 @ 10:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Over and Over writes:

Tommy was over with GOOD rock when "Girls, Girls, Girls" came out. I really wish he would have decked that little twerp Kid Rock tho.

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. snuggleblade writes:

isnt tommy lee on that big brother 8 show

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 6:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. cannibalcorpse666 writes:

i don't believe this f***ing crock of sh** who doesent like rock music

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 9:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. blakscorpion21 writes:

Tommy lee has always sucked and so did motley crue. Hair "metal" at its worst, save poison.

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 10:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Orgasmatron writes:

RIP Tommy LEEEeeeEEE!

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 12:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. eyeofodin writes:

wow tommy lee doesnt no anything

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Vicarious_Intent writes:

^ at leest he noz how 2 spell

But seriously, this is just a disgrace. Basically bad mouthing everyone who helped him get to the top? Horrid. Tommy Lee has forgotten that rock is where he comes from and where he belongs, and with this attitude, he's just gonna crash and burn.

# Sep 10, 2007 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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