MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, who is currently on the road with his bandmates in Australia, says that he is no longer taking part in the band's paid meet-and-greet sessions with the fans because he "doesn't agree with doing it under certain circumstances."
CRÜE is offering several "VIP packages" to Australian fans via the band's web site, including the "Kickstart My Heart Meet And Greet Package" for $899, the "Wildside VIP Package" for $425 and the "Crüe Teaser Package" for $295. Only the "Kickstart My Heart" package includes an opportunity to meet and take a photo with the band.
Writing on MÖTLEY CRÜE's official Facebook page, Tommy said: "For those of you that are asking why I am not doing anymore meet-and-greets!! It's got nothing to do with me not wanting to meet the fans, I just don't agree with doing it under the certain given circumstances. I love you all and I'll gladly high-five y'all if I see you out 'n' about — and you won't have to pay me for that."
Lee made headlines in June 2012 when he expressed his frustration over the fact that people are constantly asking to take his picture. "Irritates the fuck out of me when people say, 'You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are, etc. etc.'" he wrote. "I certainly don't owe anybody anything! I'm not here to take pictures with you, I'm here to entertain you! Nobody put me where I am but ME! They may have helped inspire me with their love for what I do … but I put myself right here where I want to be with a lot of hard work, practice, talent, luck, etc. What I do owe myself and others is being THE BEST I can be! And that's making great music, being a good man, father, lover and human being! We all owe that kinda stuff to ourselves and each other."