Tommy Lee

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Thomas Lee Bass (aka Tommy Lee) (born October 3, 1962) is 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 and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.


Early life and career

Lee was born in Athens, Greece, as Thomas Lee Bass,[1] the son of David Oliver Bass, a US Army serviceman of Welsh descent,[2] and Vassiliki Papadimitriou, a former Miss Greece. He has one younger sister, Athena Kottak (b. 1964), who is currently married to James Kottak, the drummer for the band Scorpions and the current drummer of Kottak. His family moved to West Covina, California one year after his birth. He received his first drum when he was four. However he received his first real drum kit when he was a teenager.

By that time he was listening to Queen, Kiss, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest. As he started listening to Kiss, his main drum influence became Peter Criss. After transferring from South Hills High School (West Covina, California); he joined the marching band at Royal Oak High School (now Royal Oak Middle School) in Covina, California, but dropped out of school in his senior year to focus on his musical career.[citation needed]

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