Tommy Lee is 58 going on 8. But Lee is hardly living in the past. The experimental, guest-heavy record was largely written and recorded in Lee's basement studio in Calabasas, California, in the home he shares with his fourth wife, social media star Brittany Furlan. I started doing this in , the cross-genre-smashing and hybrid stuff," Lee says. How did that come together? When Lukas had come to me with the idea of slowing it down and making it super dark and sexy, this song took on a whole different meaning for me. When it's slowed down like that, the lyrics in that song are sad. I feel that song, like, "Whoa!
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Google his name and chances are you will be bombarded with thousands of stories — the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Next month, Tommy turns 58 — yes, really — and is releasing a solo album, Andro. A fusion of rock, rap, industrial metal and even an incredible Prince cover, it is eclectic, original and almost indefinable… a bit like its creator. But then again, Tommy has always defied expectations. As we chat over Zoom, it is almost impossible not to warm to the flawed but funny musician, author and TikTok star who seems genuinely content not to be living his life at mph in the fast lane, pulling a wheelie. Right now he is on marriage number four — to social-media star and podcaster Brittany Furlan — and is living happily in LA, complete with a menagerie of animals, a recording studio and a Rolls-Royce in the garage. He lives quietly, doesn't go out much, and is enjoying life.
As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem , and has pursued solo musical projects. When Lee was approximately one year old, his father moved the family back to the United States, settling in California. Lee received his first drum sticks when he was four years old, and his first proper drum kit when he was a teenager. He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, starting with the L. He became acquainted with bassist Nikki Sixx , whose bands Sister and later London played the same circuit. Sixx was forming a theatrical band that borrowed heavily from Sister's fusion of occult imagery with a theatrical heavy metal performance, and became a fan of Lee's drumming. When London finally broke up in , Lee and Sixx decided to form a new group together. Shortly afterward, guitarist Mick Mars joined the band. Elektra Records decided to sign the band shortly thereafter, reissuing the debut in