In a 488 word open letter on his Facebook page, Tommy Lee, drummer for Motley Crue, outlined his disdain for picture-taking.
Not the gotcha, paparazzi sort, but the ones with fans. To be blunt, the 49 year-old writes, “I hate it! Irritates the f*ck out of me when people say, ‘You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are,’ etc etc!”
The drummer, whose been in the public eye for over 30 years with his band, which has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and received ample publicity for two of his marriages – to actress Heather Locklear and Playboy playmate Pamela Anderson – tries to gently break down the situation professing he’s a “down to earth, grateful, life-lovin dude and a nice guy” who loves his fans.
“You know this!!! If you asked anyone that knows me really well they would tell ya the same thing. Tommy loves his fans. He lives for this sh*t. He eats, breathes, sh*ts music 24/7.
“I certainly don’t owe anybody anything! When I bought all my Led Zeppelin records and concert tickets I didn’t say one day these f*ckers are gonna owe me a picture. It’s the least they can do for me! WTF people?”
According to Lee, “You don’t admire something so that it can give back. You just cherish it! And to those who say, ‘You should be grateful that people wanna take your picture. Maybe one day they wont want it!’ That day can’t come soon enough! Btw, I’m not here to take pictures with you, I’m here to entertain you!”
Apparently, Lee has been interrupted during his private life one too many times as he writes, “Most people never consider the “situation.” That’s really important. Ya wouldn’t wanna handshake standing at the pisser in the mens bathroom next to me would ya? And yes, that’s happened to me too. Or when you’re eating a nice quiet meal with your family some rude jackass comes up and asks for a picture! You cant even imagine what kinda crazy has happened to me. I understand the excitement and all, but just take a second and think. Is this cool right now? It’s called consciousness. It’s the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. Be conscious. The fastest way to get me to leave is whip out a camera!”
One of the most celebrated drummers in music reminds his fans, “Nobody put me where I am but ME! They may have helped inspire me with their love for what I do, but I put myself right here where I want to be with a lot of hard work, practice, talent, luck, etc. What I do owe myself and others is being the best I can be! And that’s making great music, being a good man, father, lover and human being! We all owe that kinda stuff to ourselves and each other.”
Catch the notorious Crue on tour as hard rock’s royalty travel through North America playing festivals and arenas. And remember, if you happen to be at a urinal with Tommy Lee, a wink and a nod will suffice.