An American musician and founding member of glam metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band’s long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. He has been married to model Elaine Bergen, actresses Heather Locklear, and Pamela Anderson.
Lee was born in Athens, Greece. His family moved to West Covina, California one year after his birth. He received his first drum when he was four and his first drum kit when he was a teenager. Lee has one younger sister, Athena Lee, who was married to James Kottak, the drummer for the band Scorpions and she was also the drummer of his solo band KrunK. As a teen he listened to Queen, KISS, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest. After listening to Kiss, his main drum influence became Peter Criss. After transferring from South Hills High School in West Covina, CA; he joined the marching band at Royal Oak High School.
His first successful band, Suite 19, played the Sunset Strip in LA during the late 70’s. At this time he met future bandmate, Nikki Sixx. Casually, Sixx was forming a theatrical band that would specialize in anthemic heavy metal, and was impressed by Lee’s drumming. At this time, he changed his name to Tommy Lee and earned the nickname “T-bone” due to his 6′ 2½″ height and his skinny physique. Shortly afterward, guitarist Mick Mars joined the band. Tommy recommended a singer he met in high school, Vince Neil, who joined the group, and Mötley Crüe was formed.