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Tommy Lee Leaves Motley Crue

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According to the amended complaint filed by MÖTLEY CRÜE against artist manager Carl Stubner and his three companies Sanctuary Group, Inc., Sanctuary Artist Management, Inc. and Carl Stubner Productions, Inc., drummer Tommy Lee "recently informed [bassist Nikki] Sixx and [guitarist Mick] Mars, the shareholders of MCI [Motley Crue, Inc.], that he was resigning from the band and his resignation was accepted."

According to a press release issued by MÖTLEY CRÜE earlier today, the group's amended complaint contains "newly obtained evidence" in its lawsuit against Stubner, consisting of statements from band members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars as well as ten sworn declarations from key professionals associated with the band, "demonstrates beyond any question that Stubner was a manager of MÖTLEY CRÜE and not just the manager of Tommy Lee as he has previously claimed in press releases and legal filings. The newly obtained evidence supports and confirms allegations in the amended complaint filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court that Stubner breached his fiduciary duties to MÖTLEY CRÜE by orchestrating a scheme for his personal financial gain at the expense and to the detriment of the band."

The press release adds, "Even though he received approximately a million dollars in commissions from MÖTLEY CRÜE, Stubner used his positions as the band’s manager and the manager of one of the band members to demand a higher commission for himself. The amended complaint contends that his motivation was pure greed. The new evidence also confirms that Stubner demanded tickets from the band that he resold at 'scalper' prices for his own gain."

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of more than $20 million for lost earnings and profits resulting from the defendants' actions. The lawsuit also seeks punitive damages because, as claimed in the amended complaint, the defendants' "despicable" actions were undertaken "fraudulently, maliciously and oppressively."

In CRÜE's original lawsuit, which was filed on June 18 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, three of the group's founding members (Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars) through Motley Crue Inc., claimed Stubner forced Tommy Lee to "to become engaged in 'reality' projects that were bad career moves for Lee, harming [Sixx, Mars, Neil and Lee], the MÖTLEY CRÜE brand and Lee's own image." According to TMZ.com, the suit calls the low-rated NBC show "Tommy Lee Goes to College" a "critical disappointment and a ratings disaster," adding it painted Lee as "incoherent, lazy and incompetent" and made him "look like a laughing stock who could not carry a drum beat." The suit also claims Lee's participation on "Rock Star: Supernova" "diminished the public's interest in Lee and their overall perception of his musical talents."

Because Lee was so busy doing reality TV, the band says he was unavailable to tour with the CRÜE, thus causing the cancellation of several key concert dates. The band claims that they lost $8 million in ticket and merchandise revenue because of Lee's scheduling conflicts. The band claims these conflicts were "both real and concocted" by Stubner to "leverage his control over Lee to his financial advantage and to MÖTLEY CRÜE and Lee's detriment."

Tommy Lee's attorney Barbara Berkowitz issued a statement on June 20 claiming that Lee "is not an individual participant in the lawsuit filed [on June 18] by the corporation, Motley Crue, Inc. against Lee's personal manager, Carl Stubner and Sanctuary Management. Mr. Stubner and Sanctuary do not manage MÖTLEY CRÜE, however they continue to represent Tommy Lee personally."

The statement from Tommy's attorney went on to say that "Mr. Lee was neither consulted regarding this matter nor authorized the lawsuit. Mr. Lee has not made any allegations against his current personal manager. Mr. Lee feels fortunate to have been part of the MÖTLEY reunion tour, as well as other opportunities outside of MÖTLEY CRÜE over the past several years. It is unfortunate that others believe that they all could have made more money had Mr. Lee exclusively participated in the band that he co-founded in 1980. However, Mr. Lee is a versatile artist, and is grateful that he participated in other projects as well."

MÖTLEY CRÜE's litigation attorney is Skip Miller of Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Lara writes:

Man... that sucks.. It's always about the money. MC won't be the same again. Hope they don't plan on going on tour, because with out LEE, there is no motley crue every individual in that band makes MC, and without one of them, screw it. Sigh.. Another legendary band gone to hell.

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2. LEE SUX writes:

when MC needz money again they will come together and tour...p***ies!!!!

# Sep 12, 2007 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. SlugEmperor writes:

are you kidding somebody like this never NEEDs money again, only if he wants more to buy something will he.

# Sep 12, 2007 @ 9:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jrizzle writes:

lol. motley crue. thats is all

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# Sep 12, 2007 @ 9:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Big Mac writes:

that sucks you listen to lamb of god and your name is Jrizzle........Word G.

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 1:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RememberMetal? writes:

"This is what people do when they have sh**ty albums and their careers are going down the drain."

The timing of this announcement is uncanny considering the quote above was Tommy regarding Kid Rock.

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# Sep 13, 2007 @ 1:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. i could care less writes:

now playing: 2 pac - f*** all y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 6:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Lionel Ritchie writes:

This was the unraddest thing that could happen. Maybe this was an easy way for Tommy to leave the band. f***ing hell, the band was just killed by this. It has happened before. Hope they get the sh** together and be Crue again.

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 7:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jizzabelle Ewing writes:

This is not nice. Turbulence have always been omnipresent in crue air but still it suxx. Tomy can not be replaced and they call the band Motley Crue anymore. No more terror twins?? c** on guys!

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 7:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Lasse Åberg writes:

Sällskapsresan till The Mötley house.

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 8:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Bengt-Ulla Sägerbrecht writes:

Well at least ........................ I don´t know what the f*** to say!

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 8:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. AZTEKRILLE writes:

Well, yes this SUCK!
This guy just doen´t like to be ine the BEST BAND EVER TO WALKED THIS PLANET!

f*** HIM FOR DOIN THIS!

SIXX IS GOD

/ AZTEKRILLE

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 8:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. THE JAKAL! writes:

LET JUST HOPE SOMEONE TAKES THIS MANAGER OUT! HE RUINED CRUE ...HE HAS 2 PAY !!

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 8:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Jrizzle writes:

Honestly, how can you like Motley Crue. They're so cheesy lol

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# Sep 13, 2007 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jomama writes:

It seems that all great bands that are around forever always have a least one period of breaking up and turbulence. They will get back together in thier 50's and rock out to us old heads. It will be classic rock. Old a$$ people jamming out to "Shout at the Devil". Priceless

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 10:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ozone writes:

once again, another band shows it's all about the money instead of the music.

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 10:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. coldiem writes:

Jomama: Most of them are pushing 50 already.

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 11:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. acacia writes:

lol, motley crue are wank, i hope tommy lee dies soon

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Old skool thrash writes:

oh.. Didums, big f***ing deal.. who cares.. poser glam c***s like this suck anyway!..

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Twiggs writes:

F**k man what is happening.......MC is one of the most bad a$$ sickest bands ever and then people mess things up for everyone. MC shouldn't go back on tour without him its not the same MC when you a member down.

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 5:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. texasdrummer1 writes:

this f***in sux!!!!!!! dont ruin crue!!!!!f*** the manager and stay with the band!!!!!!

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 5:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Stephen writes:

Tommy's out of Crue? Hmm, I wonder if Kid Rock plays drums...

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. warlock writes:

Hey, maybe Axl can get Tommy to join G'N'R. HAH!

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Timothy Alexander Dotson writes:

This is terrible! Tommy can't leave the Crue!
THERE IS NOT MOTLEY CRUE WITHOUT TOMMY LEE!!!
He was one of the first people that popped up in your mind when someone even mentioned Motley Crue. I know I did. Someone would mention Motley Crue and I'd be like "Hell Yeah man! That's Tommy Lee's band!" Of course I didn't only recognize them as "Tommy Lee's band". I knew that they were legends a looong time ago.

But either way... WITHOUT TOMMY, THERE IS NO CRUE!!!!
If they still plan on continuing as a band without Tommy, they can't call themselves Motley Crue!
It's blasphemy!
MOTLEY CRUE IS VINCE NEIL, NIKKI SIXX, MICK MARS, AND TOMMY LEE!!!
Anything different than that, is just Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, & Mick Mars from Motley Crue and some other guy.
That's how it is!
IF THERE IS NO TOMMY LEE, THAN THERE IS NO MOTLEY CRUE! PERIOD.

I guess if this is Tommy's last goodbye to the band, then I guess this.... sadly..... is goodbye to the Crue.

Goodbye Motley Crue. You guys f***in' rocked this Earth upwards, downward, inside and out, backwards and forwards! Thanks for everything! We'll miss you.
Goodbye Motley Crue.

# Sep 14, 2007 @ 1:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Andrew writes:

Sellouts. They were only in it for the money. Who really gives a rip about them anyway? They are mediocre at best.

# Sep 14, 2007 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. deathmetalpat writes:

They alwaya sucked they are Gay L. A. Metal atit's worst.They only were reaaly a rock band who would mold themsleves to the time to become famous.They have limited musical talent and a stream of simple hooks for songs.They will be forgotten in 10 years or so with only a bunch of losers who are trying to live their 20's as fans.

# Sep 14, 2007 @ 4:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Roadrunner writes:

Wow, this sucks, Crue is soo good, but i agree with most of you, Without Tommy Lee there isnt really Motley Crue. Buut im glad i saw em live before this could happen. I still hope there movie for there book The Dirt isnt ruined by this.

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# Sep 14, 2007 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Al_fromPhilly writes:

Tommy is and always has been the weak link in the CRUE..f*** HIM and the the phony blonde he rode in on, f***in fag he is, no offense to fags y'all know what I mean...He needs to go f*** his half-men or whatever he's claiming these fakes are these days.Tommy used to be the cool one we all rooted for. He is,now, obviously the probem, Even CC is more tolerable and he sucks.... f*** Tommy, jerkoff f***...

# Sep 15, 2007 @ 4:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Al_fromPhilly writes:

Oh yeah I forgot...Tommy, my half-man loving friend, ya wanna find yer nuts again call me,I'm not hard to find here in Philly where we still have balls, you are a caricature of your own making my man.... Kid beat your ass? Are you f***ING KIDDING ME?????

# Sep 15, 2007 @ 4:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. 2shoes writes:

Motley Crue will survive with out Tommy lee. They’ve had 2 other drummers while he was doing whatever in the past. He’s a great drummer, but there are other great drummers. I’ve seen them many times since they came out and the live concerts really started to suck right after Tommy Lee decides that he was to do a 20 minute drum solo, rolling around in a ball. It was a waste of time and could have been 4 extra songs.
So there is no love loss for him being out of the band, the other drummers I saw live with them were great and did an excellent job, and one was a chick. They wasted nobody’s time spinning around; they did their job playing drums.

As for Tommy Lee looking like and idiot on those TV shows, that’s true, the last thing he did supernova, really sucked. That’s sad seeing how it could have been good if they all played the type of music they all came from, but hey they did it for the money, and where is supernova now? Yeah burned out from sucking balls.

Weather or not Motley Crue is great now or sucks won’t be affected at all by the loss of Tommy Lee!

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31. Mr. Cox "The Cokehead" writes:

SNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFF!!! MAN! That's high-quality H2o!

# Sep 15, 2007 @ 11:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Eric Esoteric writes:

Wow..This is worst than a KISS diagreement..LOL...
Glad I caught the Crue on their 2005 tour 2X....That was a show with one of the best setlists I've ever seened performed by a band...

# Sep 15, 2007 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. lol writes:

at post 23

# Sep 16, 2007 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Kyle From The Sandbar writes:

Yeah I feels Yahs dowgs I feel yahs pffft hahhaha I went to the Crue in Halifax probably one of the best live shows i've ever seen one of the better ones anyway as for this ooh boo hoo you had to Sit through a solo for 20 minutes i had to sit through his for the Halifax show and i thought it was fairly interesting flyin through the air in a harness jumpin from platform to platform playing random sh** it was a wicked show maybe there not the best band out there musically but they definatly bring it with a live show who gives a sh** if you don't like crue then don't listen to them and stop b****ing about it Tommy Lee and Dj Aero are tourin north america with some ghetto Fabulous block Rockin Beats so check it out if your in love with him

# Sep 17, 2007 @ 3:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Farthammer writes:

Tommy Lee... who gives a sh** anyway. I mean... reality shows, drum solos, upside down drumming, banging pam... except for that last bit, he ought to be in a circus. He's not a great drummer. He's just a drummer, like my friend's cousin's uncle's son's high school music teacher's student in the school band. And Tommy Lee became Tommy Lee because of his antics, not because of his music. He's no Ulrich, no Lombardo, no Vinnie Paul... for what it's worth, Motley Crue will survive without him. If they're to be taken seriously as a band, they're better off without him. He's a disgrace to glam, metal, rock, whatever.

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# Sep 19, 2007 @ 9:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Skorpion writes:

You've gotta be kiddin' me. If you have such a problem with T Lee then why are you even reading this article? Don't you have anything better to do than get on here and waste everyone's time reading your pointless and obviously dim-witted and unintelligent comment? Tommy Lee is a freakin' awesome drummer. You seriously want to compare him to that cry-baby Lars Ulrich? Gimme a break. You're probably one of those people that think Kid Rock is "the bomb". Whatever. T Lee is awesome and it sucks that the Crue is having all these problems right now.

# Sep 19, 2007 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Farthammer writes:

You're the one who's got the problem. I obviously know far better about metal, or music in general, than you do. Motley Crue WILL survive without Lee. And I'm posting coz he sucks. Big time. Ulrich, cry baby or not, is -leagues- better than Lee will ever be. I mean come on... Supernova? A reality show for a singer? How cliche is that?

By the way, I do not think Kid Rock is "the bomb" for the reason that he's a one-hit wonder...oh wait... another reason is because he screwed Pam -after- Tommy. So that's a good thing for Tommy, I guess.

# Sep 19, 2007 @ 12:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. xXxBOBOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

AND NO ONE SAW THIS COMMING WHY????
yeah they are a decent and legitiment band but seriously when you have been touring that long and sh** something must have had to go wrong in the process....

# Sep 19, 2007 @ 5:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. russ writes:

i hope thay get that girl form hole back

# Sep 20, 2007 @ 4:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. slick writes:

i think kid rock is "the bomb"."the bomb" i just dropped in the toilet.

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# Sep 20, 2007 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Skorpion writes:

I'm sorry to hear that you think they need to get rid of T Lee to be taken seriously as a band. Especially since I'm not really sure what you mean by that. Having multiple greatest hits albums that are full of songs that people love (and not just a few people) seems like a pretty serious band to me. Granted, I'm not a fan of reality TV shows, but I don't know where you can get off saying that it's cliche. Isn't that what a lot of rock music entails? I'm guessing by the fact that you say you know more about "metal" (which I don't think comes close to describing the kind of rock that Crue is) means that you're an avid listener of bands like Lamb of God and Cradle of Filth and whatnot. Is it "cliche" that they have long hair, or that they wear masks, or stuff like that? I realize everyone has their own opinions about musicians, but I think you really should have more grounds of an argument before you get on here and bash the guy. Seriously, if everyone would just have the same opinion as me, the world would be a better place.

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42. andrew writes:

thank god, they were were poor at there peak and time as not helped.

# Sep 22, 2007 @ 1:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Mr. Noogieburger writes:

Tommy Lee, Mr. Noogieburger wants you to know that he will f*** you up ANY day of the week.

# Sep 22, 2007 @ 5:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. russ writes:

tommy lee will f*** you up boy

# Sep 23, 2007 @ 11:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Godsong6 writes:

Shut up russ. go touch his d***.

# Sep 25, 2007 @ 7:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. livingDead writes:

Hey andrew, I must must agree!!!!

# Sep 25, 2007 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Farthammer writes:

"I'm sorry to hear that you think they need to get rid of T Lee to be taken seriously as a band. Especially since I'm not really sure what you mean by that." - what i mean is, WITH Tommy Lee, they suck. WITHOUT Tommy Lee, they are better off. Hope that's simple enough for you.

"Granted, I'm not a fan of reality TV shows, but I don't know where you can get off saying that it's cliche. Isn't that what a lot of rock music entails..." - rock entails reality shows? or is it, rock is cliche? make up your mind.

"Is it "cliche" that they have long hair, or that they wear masks, or stuff like that?..." no it is not. They can imitate KISS as much as they want, i don't care. Specifically, what I meant by cliche was how Tommy Lee sucked corporate d*** and appeared in a goddamn reality show. He would have been better focusing on making music.

"but I think you really should have more grounds of an argument before you get on here and bash the guy..." - there are 17 of us here who psoted, shared,or expressed the same sentiment/opinion about Mr. Lee. Is that grounds enough?

Bottomline is, you're probably just as pathetic as Lee is. I mean, come on, he was out of the MC picture once, and MC got along just fine. You're a lame a$$ Lee fan, not really a Crue fan. And If so, then I won't argue with you anymore.

# Sep 26, 2007 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Crushem writes:

any band thats made or broken by just one member wont usually last long anyway. Lee's a good drummer, but really, no one should miss MC. glam metal is dead. let it stay that way.

# Sep 26, 2007 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Your mum writes:

Crue is a joke, they are a corporation. Not a band. They had their shot, they are over. If you want old people that can still cut it in the metal world i have one word..................SLAYER!

# Sep 27, 2007 @ 9:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. HairMetalvn writes:

F.u.ck him out, I hate writing about him. He was f.u.cked up by Pamela!

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