Tommy Lee has nothing but good things to say about his years with Motley Crue — he’s just not saying them to his former bandmates. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Lee says he hasn’t spoken to his ex-Motley Crue bandmates Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx since their final show on New Year’s Eve.
“I haven’t spoken to Vince or Nikki,” Lee said. “I speak to Mick [Mars] a lot. He’s actually working on some new stuff, and I’m really happy for him.”
Tommy Lee said that ahead of the band’s final show in L.A. on December 31, there wasn’t a sense of “togetherness.” Lee and his three bandmates just showed up, did their job, and went their separate ways.
“It’s kind of strange, man,” Tommy told Rolling Stone. “We’re a f**king weird band. Even stranger, after the final night, we had a big party backstage on New Year’s Eve, and I never saw the other guys. We never even said ‘goodbye.’ F**king strange as hell, dude. I mean, what the f**k?”
“I think f**king Nikki unfollowed me on f**king Twitter, like, the next day,” Lee added. “I was like, ‘Wow. OK, dude.'”
The whole'Nikki unfollows Tommy' thing hurts my feeling I know it's none of my business but it really hurts.On one hand I understand Nikki's done with the partying lifestyle and he probably doesnt wanna hang out with Tommy anymore 'cause he's always like a four year old.On the other hand I feel bad for Tommy,I will never know how it feels when you find out someone you've known for 30+ years unfollows you as if he wants nothing to do with you.I believe it did or does make Tommy feel awful or he wouldnt mention that in an interview.And Nikki only unfollows him,he still follows Mick and Vince.I really dont get it,these two used to be so close!I hope they'll figure things out and get the friendship and closeness back. #mötleycrüe#nikkisixx#tommylee#motleycrue#rocknroll#rockhistory#rock#rockmusic#hardrock#metal#heavymetal#cute#rockstar#bassist#bass#drummer#rockband#band#80s#80smusic#80srock#musician#cute#rocker#friendship#longlive#terrortwins
Tommy Lee says Motley Crue has “always” had issues, but he still thought it was a strange way to end their 34-year career together.
“I mean, if you’re getting divorced, you still give your ex a hug, or flip her off or something,” Tommy said. “You either get a kiss or a slap or… something. Give me a sign! Let me know you’re alive.”
Nikki Sixx hit Twitter to respond to Tommy Lee’s complaint that they didn’t hang out together at an after-show party, explaining that his sobriety is more important to him than toasting the end of an era.
Tommy’ right.I didn’t go to a aftershow party at 130:a.m. because my sobriety from drugs & alcohol are my priority and I was with my kids.— ⚡️ Nikki Sixx ⚡️ (@NikkiSixx) May 24, 2016
While Tommy Lee says he hasn’t stayed in touch with his longtime partners, he also says he has no regrets about the band’s decision to retire from touring while they’re still on top.
“We did it our way, man,” Tommy told Rolling Stone. “I don’t have ill feelings at all. I’m saying this with a smile on my face. I’m just happy to be part of something that was so impactful on so many people’s lives musically and lifestyle-wise… and I’m really happy that we decided to end it on a high note and not really drive this thing into the ground like so many of our other musical peers have.”
Does this really mean the end of Tommy Lee’s relationship with Motley Crue? The two guys he’s no longer in touch with told Loudwire that they agreed to “cease to tour” and that they have the legal paperwork to back it up. That means there is no going back on the road together as the Crue. Ever.
“There are no loopholes and no grey areas,” Nikki Sixx said. “It’s an agreement between us.”
Still, while Tommy Lee has packed up his “Cruecify” coaster drum kit for good, the former bandmates could someday reunite for a mini Motley reunion for a special occasion.
“Something like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we’d have to sit down and talk about it,” Vince Neil said.
Sounds great — if these guys can open the lines of communication, that is.
Tommy Lee’s final shows with Motley Crue will be featured in the upcoming film Motley Crue: The End. The film will screen on June 14. Take a look at the video below to see a trailer.
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