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Tommy Lee: Solo projects have been waste of time

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee says it’s been a waste of time working on solo projects while the band was fully active.

And he’s looking forward to working on ideas without being called back to the “mothership.”

Crue are currently on their farewell world tour, which ends on December 31. After that, a legal agreement between the members prevents them from hitting the road under the band name ever again.

Lee – who’s released two solo records and two more with Methods Of Mayhem – tells Yahoo: “Now that I look back, doing solo projects and other albums has been a waste of fucking time.

“They’re kind of fun. You get your ya-yas out, but the second you try to support something like that, the mothership calls and you’ve got to go.

“We’ve put a lot of passion and energy into some of those things and sometimes you go, ‘For what?’ But once this thing ends, we’re probably going to get involved in all kinds of crazy stuff. The doors are open for us to work with whoever we want.”

Last week support artist Alice Cooper revealed he’d offered to kill all four members of Crue on stage. Now Lee says: “That would be awesome. I asked him, ‘Can you make three more of those guillotines? Then you could chop off all our heads at the same time!’”

It’s not confirmed whether the stunt will take place, but Lee vows of their final show in LA: “We’re going to do something completely fucked up. I guarantee that.”

Motley Crue appear at this year’s Download festival at Donington (opens in new tab). Frontman Vince Neil last month admitted he’ll often “start to choke up” while singing Home Sweet Home, the last song in the band’s farewell tour set.** **

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.