Motley Crue's Lee revives Mayhem

Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:10pm EST
 
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Tommy Lee is ready for a little mayhem -- and not just with Motley Crue.

The rock drummer -- who with his bandmates kicks off the group's Saints of Los Angeles tour January 31 in Indio, California -- told Billboard he has started work on his second Methods of Mayhem album, following up his side project's platinum 1999 debut.

DJ Aero and guitarist Kai Marcus are still onboard, and Lee's producing partner Scott Humphrey "is starting to get involved" as the songs are formulating. "We're going to start tracking as soon as Motley is done (touring) at the end of March, and hopefully I'll have it ready by April/May and done by the top of June," Lee said.

Lee said he wouldn't mind having Methods of Mayhem on the Crue Fest II tour, which is slated to begin in July, "like (Motley Crue bassist) Nikki (Sixx) did with Sixx:A.M. last year. That'd be killer."

As for the rest of the Crue Fest II lineup, Lee said it's still being discussed. "There's offers going around all over the place," he said. "We actually talked about that a little. Rob Zombie's name came up. Godsmack. Alice Cooper. I'd like to switch it up, add a little bit more variety this year. I think it'd be fun to inject that."

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<p>Rock drummer Tommy Lee, one of the stars of the series "Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee" on Planet Green, a new 24 hour television network promoting eco-friendly lifestyles and entertainment poses at a party and concert celebrating the network in Los Angeles May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>