If you’re a fan of Motley Crue, then you know that their drummer, Tommy Lee, is pretty incredible. He’s always been known for his epic drum solos and amazing energy on stage. This blog post will discuss some of Tommy’s greatest drum moments. Tommy never fails to impress, whether he’s playing a solo or rocking out with the rest of the band!
Get ready to rock out with us as we take a look at Motley Crue drummers.
Did you know Tommy is not the only drummer of Motley Crue?
In fact, Motley had two drummers next to Tommy. Randy Castilo and Samantha Mahoney.
Randy Castilo is a former member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band. He played in Motley Crue for several years, from 1999 until 2002 when Samantha took over but more about her later.
He had various connections and ties with Motley over the years. It was Tommy Lee who suggested Randy for an audition with Ozzy Osbourne.
Tommy was at the party with Ozzy, and when he heard Ozzy was looking for a drummer, he called Randy and hooked him up with Ozzy right away.
Later, when Tommy left Motley Crue, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife, suggested Randy to replace Tommy.
Randy played on Ozzy’s legendary albums like “No more tears”, “The ultimate sin”, “Just say Ozzy,” and two more.
Randy also played on a tribute album with Ronnie James Dio and performed in a Vince Neil band.
He had to leave Motley just before the “New Tattoo” tour to recover. He was able to heal at first, but after some time, the cancer was back, and this time, Randy could not get out of it alive.
He died on March 26, 2002; he was 51.
Why did Motley Crue have a girl drummer?
Samantha Mahoney had to jump in and replace Randy, diagnosed with cancer. Her bend Hole went on hiatus at that exact moment, so she was free.
Randy’s last album with Motley was “New Tattoo,” also Sam’s first album. She played on the live version.
After two years of touring, Tommy returned, and Sam had to back off.
Sam is a hard workering drummer who discovered drumming at the age of five and the age of fourteen, she was accepted in Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York.
Before Motley, she played in the bands Shift and Hole and even more after Motley:
- The Chelsea
- Eagles of Death Metal
- The Ingenues
- Brother Clyde
You can see Sam in Motley Crue’s live DVD from the “New Tattoo” tour.
In 2008 she made an appearance in a TV series Californication. What?
Yes, do you remember a character called Lew Ashby’s. Well, Sam appeared as “Sam”, his driver.
She also played a role in the movie Factory Girl. She played Maureen Tucker, drummer for Velvet Underground.
When was Samantha Maloney in Motley Crue?
She was in the band from 2002 to 2004 when Tommy Lee joined the band for the reunion tour.
Did Nikki Sixx sleep with Samantha Maloney?
This actually happened. Nikki Sixx slept with Samantha while they were on a tour which was one of the reasons for his divorce a few years later.
Now, let’s jump in on a main event of the night, the man himself, Tommy Lee.
Tommy is one of the founding members of Crue and, for some fans, “the Motley Crue drummer”.
He and Nikki Sixx started the band, and Mick Mars joined them later. It’s a known fact that Tommy and Neil don’t get together well, but did you know it was Tommy who suggested Neil joins Motley Crue.
Tommy knew Vince from high school. In the drumming world, Tommy is known as a hard-hitting rock drummer with crazy drum solos where he spins or goes above the crowd with his drum kit.
Tommy’s drum solo became an important part of Motley’s performance that crowd couldn’t wait to see night after night.
He played with Motley from 1981 until 1999 when he quit the band to pursue his solo career. Ha had bad relations with Vince Neil, and he felt it was time for a change. He sent a letter through his lawyer stating that he wasn’t returning.
Five years later, after he didn’t succeed with his solo career, he was back with Motley.
After many efforts put in by their management, Crue was back together in 2004. Managers knew fans wanted to hear Motley and they could still earn substantial money as a company.
Who is the drummer for Motley Crue now?
It is still Tommy Lee. The band played their last tour in 2015 and signed a contract to tour no more, but they work on new materials from time to time, and Motley Crue still exists in a commercial sense.
How old is Tommy Motley Crue?
Tommy was born on October 3, 1962, so now, in 2021, he has 59 years.
How many wives has Tommy Lee had?
Tommy Lee has been married 4 times. With:
- Elaine Starchuk
- Heather Locklear
- Pamela Anderson
- Brittany Furlan
Brittany is the current wife of Tommy. They married on February 14, 2019.
Is Tommy Lee still rich?
Tommy’s estimated net worth is around $75 million, so yes, he is still rich.
Are Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee still friends?
Not really. The whole band barely communicates. Now, when they finally done touring, they don’t need to look at each other.
According to the interview they gave, things are not great.
Nikki Sixx even said: We’re not enemies, but we’re not friends … I’ll probably never see them, except in passing.”
Who plays Tommy Lee in the dirt?
He is known as a rapper, singer and actor.
This move got negative reviews from movie critics. They think the movie will satisfy the fans, but it doesn’t dive deep enough into the band’s dark past.
On websites like rottentomatoes.com and metacritic.com, the movie has an average review below 40 out of 100. Critics didn’t believe this movie would win any awards, and they were right.