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93 Top Tommy Lee Quotes

Famous As: Founding Member of the Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe'
Born On: October 3, 1962
Born In: Athens, Greece
Founder / Co Founder: Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem
Age: 60 Years
Tommy Lee Bass is a celebrated Greek-American heavy metal musician. He is renowned as the founder and drummer of the metallic band, ‘Motley Crue’. Lee started his music career with a band ‘Suite 19’ and played the Sunset trip during the early 1970s. He later founded ‘Motley Crue’ along with Nikki Sixx and that is when he was named ‘T-bone’. It did not take much time for this band to grab the attention of music lovers. This band released few top selling albums including ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and ‘Dr.Feelgood’. They also have few single hits in their kitty which include ‘Shout at the Devil’ and ‘Theatre Pain’. Apart from band music, Lee also had few single hits that include ‘Never a Dull Moment’ and ‘Blue’. Following is a collection of thoughts and views by the amazingly gifted musician which has been assimilated from his work, life, tweets, interviews and public utterances. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Tommy Lee that will surely rock your world.
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Just because we are wearing lipstick doesn't mean we can't kick your ass!

Just because we are wearing lipstick doesn't mean we can't kick your ass!

Tommy Lee
I'm a hopeless fu**ing romantic. That's a part of me that a lot of people don't know about. They know everything there is to know about another part of me, but not a thing about my heart.'-
Tommy Lee

I'm a hopeless fu**ing romantic. That's a part of me that a lot of people don't know about. They know everything there is to know about another part of me, but not a thing about my heart.'- Tommy Lee

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

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

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
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.

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.

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I take the best of all the styles I like and put them together in one package.

I take the best of all the styles I like and put them together in one package.

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

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

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.

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

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The very first thing I look at on a woman is her toes.

The very first thing I look at on a woman is her toes.

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So there we were shooting Jack Daniels into our veins, like what the fuck we can just drink it.

So there we were shooting Jack Daniels into our veins, like what the fuck we can just drink it.

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

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 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!

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Most drummers are covered with a million drums, and everyone is like, 'What are you doing back there?'

Most drummers are covered with a million drums, and everyone is like, 'What are you doing back there?'

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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.

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
On Ecstasy, Joan Rivers looks like Pamela Anderson, so imagine what Pamela Anderson looked like.

On Ecstasy, Joan Rivers looks like Pamela Anderson, so imagine what Pamela Anderson looked like.

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I also did some jail time a few years ago. Spent a whole summer in jail reading books. I pumped a ton of new knowledge and new thinking into myself.

I also did some jail time a few years ago. Spent a whole summer in jail reading books. I pumped a ton of new knowledge and new thinking into myself.

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

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

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There was one dude in a jeans jacket who I swear to God shit in his pants when all of a sudden I was inches away from his face playing drums in the air.

There was one dude in a jeans jacket who I swear to God shit in his pants when all of a sudden I was inches away from his face playing drums in the air.

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I really wanna get my paws on scoring a film.

I really wanna get my paws on scoring a film.

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.

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
We thought we had elevated animal behavior to an art form. But then we met Ozzy.

We thought we had elevated animal behavior to an art form. But then we met Ozzy.

Tommy Lee
The angry man will defeat Himself in battle As well as in life.

The angry man will defeat Himself in battle As well as in life.

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Our music will continue to have an impact in people's lives long after we finally call it quits.

Our music will continue to have an impact in people's lives long after we finally call it quits.

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

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

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

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

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But what everybody always loved Mtley Cre for was being a fucking decadent band: for being able to walk in a room and inhale all the alcohol, girls, pills, and trouble in sight.

But what everybody always loved Mtley Cre for was being a fucking decadent band: for being able to walk in a room and inhale all the alcohol, girls, pills, and trouble in sight.

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.

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If Trent Reznor calls and says he needs a drummer for his tour... I'm there.

If Trent Reznor calls and says he needs a drummer for his tour... I'm there.

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I was never one for the passenger seat. I have always wanted my level of entertainment and showmanship to be the same as a frontman.

I was never one for the passenger seat. I have always wanted my level of entertainment and showmanship to be the same as a frontman.

Tommy Lee
No, I don't have a problem with my temper.

No, I don't have a problem with my temper.

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I've always been kind of a - you know, I have my moments, where I can be Tommy, and then I flip a switch; when you're on stage, you turn into this other personality.

I've always been kind of a - you know, I have my moments, where I can be Tommy, and then I flip a switch; when you're on stage, you turn into this other personality.

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It's been a while since I've studied: since high school. It's a lot of work, a lot of work.

It's been a while since I've studied: since high school. It's a lot of work, a lot of work.

Tommy Lee
I didn't have the opportunity to go to college. I was busy touring since the age of 17.

I didn't have the opportunity to go to college. I was busy touring since the age of 17.

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I love touring Canada, and our Calgary fans are among the roughest and toughest.

I love touring Canada, and our Calgary fans are among the roughest and toughest.

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Drums isn't my one thing anymore. I love to produce. I love to make tracks, write tracks, produce tracks, and I can't just sit back as a drummer anymore.

Drums isn't my one thing anymore. I love to produce. I love to make tracks, write tracks, produce tracks, and I can't just sit back as a drummer anymore.

Tommy Lee
I'm constantly evolving as a musician.

I'm constantly evolving as a musician.

Tommy Lee
Of course drums weren't meant to be played other than sitting on the ground. When you're upside-down, your feet don't want to sit on the pedals.

Of course drums weren't meant to be played other than sitting on the ground. When you're upside-down, your feet don't want to sit on the pedals.

Tommy Lee
I've loved roller coasters since I was a kid.

I've loved roller coasters since I was a kid.

Tommy Lee
It's so funny because no matter what you say, fans only read and hear what they want.

It's so funny because no matter what you say, fans only read and hear what they want.

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There was no way we were going to let this band hobble around on three legs. We chose the route that every professional actor, athlete and musician should do - leave the legend intact and bow out at the top.

There was no way we were going to let this band hobble around on three legs. We chose the route that every professional actor, athlete and musician should do - leave the legend intact and bow out at the top.

Tommy Lee
I don't know how much you know about me, but I kind of have my fingers in a lot of different pies.

I don't know how much you know about me, but I kind of have my fingers in a lot of different pies.

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The crowd is a pretty good indicator when it's good, because it's kind of a universal energy that gets passed around.

The crowd is a pretty good indicator when it's good, because it's kind of a universal energy that gets passed around.

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Whatever we do as a band, none of us can do as individuals. We all know that, whatever we have gone through with each other and as a band.

Whatever we do as a band, none of us can do as individuals. We all know that, whatever we have gone through with each other and as a band.

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

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

Tommy Lee
The New York Dolls are the only band that we grew up on that we haven't played with.

The New York Dolls are the only band that we grew up on that we haven't played with.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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
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?'

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?'

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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
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!'

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
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.

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

Tommy Lee
Aerosmith's 'Rocks' is on the list of my top favorite albums of all time.

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

Tommy Lee
I don't have a problem with my temper.

I don't have a problem with my temper.

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

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

Tommy Lee
Why is it that the hot chicks never can sing?

Why is it that the hot chicks never can sing?

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.

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
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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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By the age of 17, for me, we had got an recording contract, and, boom, I was gone.

By the age of 17, for me, we had got an recording contract, and, boom, I was gone.

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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.

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
Too many drummers sit at the back covered in drums, and you never see them.

Too many drummers sit at the back covered in drums, and you never see them.

Tommy Lee
I'm driven by music. It's in my blood, and I've never been able to stay away from it for too long.

I'm driven by music. It's in my blood, and I've never been able to stay away from it for too long.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

Tommy Lee
There's no new news.

There's no new news.

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.

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
There was a time when cowboys respected their horses instead of riding them to death just to show off for a crowd.

There was a time when cowboys respected their horses instead of riding them to death just to show off for a crowd.

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

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

Tommy Lee
I announced to everyone that I was embarking on a solo tour. Not a music tour, but a tour of drugs and prostitutes.

I announced to everyone that I was embarking on a solo tour. Not a music tour, but a tour of drugs and prostitutes.

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 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

On our first record, man, I didn't know what I was doing. I was just playing. I was over playing. You're as green as you can be with no experience in recording or knowing how sometimes a song can work: when it's too much, when it's not enough, when it's not right.

Tommy Lee

Trust me: all of us walk around and look at each other, and without saying it, we all know we're thinking, 'Really dude? Were still here!' and pinch ourselves. Typically, careers have short life span, 10 years if you're lucky, so what we've done is amazing.

Tommy Lee

I wouldn't specifically say rock n' roll is dead, but I don't see a lot of charismatic performers in the way of new blood who are edgy and dangerous on stage, like Marilyn Manson, who you never quite know if he's going to make it through his own show.

Tommy Lee

There are things you do that just come natural, and sometimes those are amazingly in synch, and sometimes they're horribly out of synch, and you're like, 'Ooo! That wasn't very good tonight.' Most of the time, it's just on.

Tommy Lee

I got really frustrated in jail, and I was like, 'Man, I love what I've done, and I love the mark I've made on rock n' roll history'... and I sat there, and I got really depressed, thinking, 'I gotta make a move... do something fresh and new.'

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