Best Quotes from Tommy Lee

When you’re playing upside down, it takes twice the strength.

Tommy Lee

One of my favorite things in the world is to be seeing two people that are really old, still holding hands, still kissing.

Tommy Lee

The best thing about being rich is the freedom; freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want. It doesn’t suck.

Tommy Lee

I did the marching band all throughout junior high and high school. Music was one of my favorite things in school.

Tommy Lee

No one really buys records anymore. You can look at sales and do that math real quick. Unfortunately, it’s fast food in the music industry. People don’t ingest full records anymore.

Tommy Lee

Being a drummer, I’m always like, ‘Oh, that’s got a funky beat. That’s cool,’ and I like to dance.

Tommy Lee

The older I get, the more I don’t care what people think or what people say. I just do what moves me.

Tommy Lee

Drumming’s pretty physical. We sit at the back of the stage getting beat up like a workhorse.

Tommy Lee

I’ve always gravitated towards the beats, obviously. And when I was growing up, I always loved funk music or even – dare I say it – disco.

Tommy Lee

I am such a gearhead. In my recording studio, I personally engineer and edit everything on computers.

Tommy Lee

The drums are about gravity. Your hand naturally falls down on the drums as you hit them.

Tommy Lee

I’m still that rowdy dude who has after-parties in his dressing room with a concert-sized PA system blasting away.

Tommy Lee

The horses forced into the chuckwagon races die of heart attacks, broken necks, broken legs, and other injuries. It’d be easy to get off on western tradition without this bloody spectacle. Dude, it’s the Old West, not ancient Rome!

Tommy Lee

I don’t think anybody should ever touch anybody in anger, ever.

Tommy Lee

I’ve always loved the mixture of crushing live drums with a programmed groove, that really cool blend, like in the verse there’s a really funky drum beat that is programmed then it comes in to the chorus; you’ve got that enormous human feel where the band kicks in.

Tommy Lee

My father lived by the philosophy, ‘Be yourself, because everyone else is taken,’ and he made sure I did, too. Whatever I wanted to do, he supported me. I don’t mean that I was spoilt – he didn’t believe in material gifts – but he watched my back while I worked to achieve things.

Tommy Lee

Nikki lives around the corner from me and I see him all the time. We talk a lot, and of course we’re still friends. That was our baby, Motley Crue, we put that band together.

Tommy Lee

There’s no new news.

Tommy Lee

One day I would love to do rock a gig on the moon – how rad would that be? Isn’t Richard Branson flying planes to outer space? Motley Crue could be the first band to play on the moon.

Tommy Lee

The quad toms are a completely different animal than the standard drum set/trap kit. Playing wise and stylistically, they are two different beasts.

Tommy Lee

Going through life solo isn’t very exciting if you can’t share it with somebody, you know?

Tommy Lee

Playing upside down is insane. It’s two or three times more difficult than what’s normal. Your feet want to come off the pedals, your arms want to drop down – all of your body is fighting gravity.

Tommy Lee

I don’t need material things like gold and platinum records on my wall, Grammys or Hall Of Fame nods.

Tommy Lee

The Radiohead record, The Bends is my all-time favorite record on the planet.

Tommy Lee

You never know what’s going to happen sometimes, or what you think’s going to happen never happens, or when you least expect it, the Santana record comes along and just blows up.

Tommy Lee

It sounds kind of strange, but Jail time was almost a good experience for me.

Tommy Lee

Getting married in four days was the biggest… mistake I’ve ever made. I have two beautiful kids, but… how can you know somebody in four days? Bonehead.

Tommy Lee

Why is it that the hot chicks never can sing?

Tommy Lee

You know what’s weird, I just write to write, with no intention, I just write.

Tommy Lee

Being married to two extremely high profile, you know, actresses, and being sort of chased by, you know, paparazzi and people, it’s a whole different dynamic happens to a relationship when that happens. All of a sudden, things get a little crazy, a little crazy.

Tommy Lee

I don’t have a problem with my temper.

Tommy Lee

It’s always interesting to me that we all hear music differently. It’s an awesome experience to hear what other people hear.

Tommy Lee

Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ is on the list of my top favorite albums of all time.

Tommy Lee

When I’m single, I’m one guy, and when I’m in a relationship I’m totally another. They’re both a good time.

Tommy Lee

Sometimes when you have children they’re the opposites of you.

Tommy Lee

I don’t listen to anybody’s full record anymore and when I did, I don’t think I listened to the whole record. I’m sorry, and I don’t care who it is, if it’s the Beatles, I can’t listen to an hour and a half of anybody straight so I guess that’s just my personal preference.

Tommy Lee

My house is really clean. It’s a really big house so I have three ladies who come in and clean it twice a week, but let’s just say that, in between times, maybe it’s not quite so clean.

Tommy Lee

At 17, I signed a recording contract right out of high school, so I started touring and traveling the world. I sort of missed out on the college experience.

Tommy Lee

A lot of hip-hop artists wear fur, and they think it’s a status symbol. That doesn’t register for me; I just see dead animals.

Tommy Lee

I’m really a cool, mellow guy. I’m not as crazy as everybody thinks.

Tommy Lee

Single’s fun – you don’t have to check in with your girl, but it’s not easy. I do get lonely.

Tommy Lee

I’ll never forget when I was, like, 17, and ‘Highway to Hell’ came on the radio, and I was like, ‘Dude, listen to that guy’s voice!’

Tommy Lee

I guess I always think the people that know me or fans that have followed me and know my solo work would know that I’ve always had really eclectic tastes – even in Motley, dude.

Tommy Lee

My oldest boy is 14, and he’s not in that kind of awkward stage where, when we talk about girls, or there’s a hot girl walking by – they’re just so shy; it’s weird.

Tommy Lee

I threw my son, Brandon, a rave for his birthday and I fully set it up like a crazy rave with lights and sound, me and my partner DJ’d – I got Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys to come DJ for a bit.

Tommy Lee

I’m always getting injuries like bruised and bloody knuckles from catching a cymbal or the edge of a drum.

Tommy Lee

Every tour we do, everybody’s always wondering, ‘What’s Tommy Lee going to do next? What new, wild and crazy thing is he going to come up with?’

Tommy Lee

Whether I’m writing solo stuff, electronic stuff, or material for Motley, I just write to write. I come up with it and put things in different piles.

Tommy Lee

I don’t specifically sit down to write a Motley Crue song, so for me, that’s how it works. The things that sound like they might be Crue, I put aside on my hard drive and keep them in that pile.

Tommy Lee

I was always impressed by some of the progressive styles of guys like Neil Peart.

Tommy Lee

John Bonham was probably the most influential in terms of playing style and timing.

Tommy Lee

Phil Rudd from AC/DC was someone I really liked a lot… Not because I was dazzled by his playing ability – he was just a rock, y’know?

Tommy Lee