Tommy Lee recruits fans for new "Mayhem" album

Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:47pm EDT
 
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee said he "just wanted to do something different" for "A Public Disservice Announcement," his first Methods of Mayhem album in 11 years.

That turned out to be working with a cast of thousands -- literally -- on the 11-track set which comes out Tuesday.

Nearly a year ago, Lee and chief cohort Scott Humphrey began posting the album's songs online and invited fans to contribute parts via ProTools, Logic, Garage Band or Riff Works.

Submissions came in droves, leaving Lee and company to sift through about 1,500 per week.

"It was great," Lee told Billboard.com. "If it was any greater, I probably wouldn't be talking to you 'cause the record still wouldn't be done. Thank God we only dealt with 13 tracks. Otherwise it would've been a much longer process."

Lee said he ultimately used about 50 of the public contributions for the album, though he promised that he lent an ear to everything that came in.

"It's not one of those processes where you can just go, 'Well, we'll kind of pick and choose what we listen to,'" he explained.

The most dramatic contribution, Lee said, came from someone in Paris, which resulted in a wholesale makeover for the song "Back to Before."   Continued...