MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was interviewed on a recent edition of "Rover's Morning Glory", a syndicated hot-talk/comedy radio show airing weekday mornings on Cleveland rock station WMMS (100.7 FM). You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked what his plans are for after MÖTLEY CRÜE completes its "The Final Tour", Lee said: "As far as what I personally have in store, it's definitely not over, I can tell you that. It's over as the four of us, but indivividually, I'm sure… I don't know exactly what everybody's plan is, but I've been definitely writing music and putting a bunch of music aside for a couple of different projects I have in mind. I can't really get into details, but I'm definitely not going anywhere, my man. [Laughs]"
Lee also spoke about some of the other projects that he has been involved in as of late and what he may choose to pursue once he is done touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE. He said: "I don't know how much you know about me, but I kind of have my fingers in a lot of different pies. I've been working on some other people's albums. I just finished the SMASHING PUMPKINS record, I've been producing some other people's music. I really wanna get my paws on scoring a film. So there's those kind of things that I haven't done yet that I've gotta do. Trust me, I've still got a list, man, that I'm working off. So I'll be definitely dabbling in all kinds of stuff; there's all kinds of stuff that I've never done yet that, pretty much, in MÖTLEY, it's pretty time consuming, it takes up a lot of your time. And one of the things, and I know Nikki [Sixx, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist] has experienced it with his band, with SIXX: A.M., every time I set out to do a solo record or METHODS OF MAYHEM, it only can go so far, because once the mothership calls and pulls you back into the MÖTLEY machine, we're off and running on a tour, and then all these things that you work so hard on and put so much passion into on your downtime sort of just go away, because you can't promote them anymore, you can't tour them, because, like I said, when the mothership calls, we go. So there's some frustration there, so that now, when you do put all of your love into something that you're super passionate about, you'll actually be able to see it through instead of it kind of being a half-assed, 'Well, shit, I'm out of time, so…' Do you know what I mean?!"
Asked what the main reason was that MÖTLEY CRÜE decided to call it quits, Lee told Newsday.com: "We have musical peers that we've watched fade out by playing in clubs and county fairs. 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. It's such a respectful way to do it. This way you leave all your fans with great memories. It's been such a crazy tour so far. Everywhere we are playing it's been maxed out to the rafters. I got perma-grin; it's insane."
Lee also spoke about the possibility of MÖTLEY CRÜE one day being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. "If we get in, cool, [and] if not, that's cool too," he said. "I don't need material things like gold and platinum records on my wall, Grammys or Hall Of Fame nods."
He continued: "If you looked at the list of people who've never won a Grammy, it would make your neck snap off. It's insane. There's a lot of red tape and weird stuff involved.
"At the end of the day, I know what we've done."
"A Public Disservice Announcement", the latest album from Lee's METHODS OF MAYHEM project, sold 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 153 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in September 2010 via Loud & Proud Records, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on established artists.