Hunkered down in his residence studio discovering creativity all through Covid, Mötley Crüe megastar Tommy Lee informed The Massive Situation about escaping the US if Trump wins November’s election
Tommy Lee isn’t any stranger to controversy. His 40-year profession has seen the Mötley Crüe drummer tour the world, battle a number of drug addictions, fall foul of the regulation and get married 4 instances. However now, like everybody else, he’s holed up at residence, ready for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to blow over.
Isolation can generally show productive, nevertheless, and Lee has discovered the additional time on his fingers good for ending his newest album, Andro.
And because the US election nears, The Massive Situation finds him in a boisterous temper, as able to unload his anger over President Donald Trump as he’s to wax lyrical on his musical ambitions.
Massive Situation reporter Liam Geraghty spoke with Lee from his residence in California.
The Massive Situation: How are issues in California? Is it a bit smoky there?
Tommy Lee: Dude, the whole lot’s on fucking hearth. As normal! It’s smoky in all places, the air high quality is extraordinarily poor. I really feel like California is simply cursed. If it’s not hearth it’s a mudslide. If it’s not a mudslide it’s an earthquake. It’s like, arrrrrgggghhhh!
Do you miss touring for the time being after we can’t go anyplace and reveals aren’t taking place?
I do, man, and each time I take into consideration seeing the lighters within the air and the screaming, after all I miss that. Who wouldn’t? Particularly now our stadium tour acquired moved again to June 2021, I can simply think about what it’s going to be like being on stage with that many individuals and that power when it’s OK to be collectively once more. It’s going to be priceless – that sort of power I’m most likely by no means going to see once more in my lifetime. Are you able to think about what that’s going to be like? Holy shit!
Have you ever been maintaining in contact with the Mötley guys throughout lockdown?
Yeah on a regular basis! I simply spoke to Nikki [Sixx, bassist] right this moment and he has lastly left Los Angeles. Inside two-and-a-half weeks of the Covid stuff he was like, “I’m leaving LA.” That was completely sudden. We’re pumped to go do a stadium tour, it’s one thing we’ve by no means carried out earlier than and the factor offered out as quickly as tickets went on sale. I miss it, man. I can’t look forward to it to come back again round subsequent June.
You’ve been passing the time by making an album. And it’s a bit completely different to what lots of people know you for.
I like so many various types of music that it’s tremendous eclectic on my file. It might be a screamo steel monitor, then it’s a dance monitor then it’s a ballady rock monitor or a Prince cowl. I’m actually all over. In 2016 Mötley was carried out, I mentioned I’m not even listening to music. I made it a couple of 12 months after which, after all, I had a bunch of concepts and began recording, and getting them carried out took a couple of 12 months and a half.
What would you like folks to remove from this solo file?
I learn the opposite day that vinyl information have outsold CDs. So it’s cool that individuals are getting used to placing on a file and sitting down and making that dedication for half-hour as a substitute of streaming a music for 2 minutes on their cellphone and on to the following. I hope they take away that have. I actually did exit of my approach to design it to be an album as a result of it has two distinct sides. One is an all-male power aspect and the opposite aspect is all feminine. So relying on what sort of temper you’re in I really feel like there’s something for everyone that may blow their skirt up.
Sounds good for a time when individuals are sitting round and prepared to hearken to one thing a bit extra deeply.
That is the proper time for that. We’ve slowed down a lot that we’ve just about stopped to take discover of quite a lot of cool stuff that we could or could not see as we go zooming by in our day by day life.
You’re not going to have the ability to do a lot reside with this file. Is it tough releasing one thing with out having that aspect to it?
I’ve thought of taking part in a few digital performances however the extra I wrap my head round that and all people is doing it… music is like this unimaginable indoor and out of doors sport. It simply doesn’t come throughout on a pc display, on a cellphone or on a TV set because it does once you’re there, man. The power of the folks and the sound system, simply pounding. That simply doesn’t come throughout within the format individuals are doing proper now. However it could be a lot enjoyable to go play.
I’ve acquired to ask you concerning the upcoming election. How are you feeling about issues for the time being?
Oh man, it’s so bizarre as a result of our choices aren’t nice both means. The man who’s our president now could be simply doing a fucking horrible job and he’s a fucking moron. However in some unspecified time in the future you’ve acquired to chop your losses: is that this no less than higher than what we had happening? That’s unhappy when it’s the solely choice that we now have.
You had been additionally connected to a letter slamming Trump a couple of months in the past that went viral.
I credited the particular person however I’ll take the credit score as a result of it was fairly properly written! The factor that stings essentially the most is that I really feel like we’re embarrassing. I really feel like folks in Europe and the remainder of the world have a look at America and assume: “What the fuck are you guys doing over there? Cease voting for celebrities and get somebody actual to run the nation.”
What about 4 extra years of Trump?
Dude, I swear to god if that occurs then I’m coming over to go to you. I’m out of right here. I’ll return to my motherland, return to go Greece and get a home on one of many islands.
We’ll make some room for you.
Cool! You guys have gotten nice golf programs over there.
They’re not nice for getting away from Trump although, he owns a few them. Plus I believe Alice Cooper has sort of acquired the ‘rock stars who play golf’ factor all the way down to a tee, hasn’t he?
Dude, I’ve performed golf with him and he’s fucking nice. However he’s acquired the dedication a part of it down. He actually golfs day-after-day. He got here on tour with us in 2016 and he would exit day-after-day. Fairly severe, however he’s an important golfer.
Andro, the brand new album from Tommy Lee, is available in shops and on-line now.