Through books, interviews, and Netflix’s film The Dirt, based on the memoir of the same name, many stories have been told about Mötley Crüe’s unbridled rock 'n' roll lifestyle - but it's unclear which stories are true and which are mere fantasy. Founded in 1981 by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüe eventually added Vince Neil as lead singer and Mick Mars as lead guitar to become one of the best rock bands of all time.
While Neil and Mars were important musically, the heart of Motley Crüe’s attitude came from Sixx and Lee. Together, they goaded each other on to greater and greater excess. Substances, debauchery, booze, and music became a greater part of their lives, and thanks to the near endless cash flow from their hit albums, there was nobody capable of slowing down the chaos.
Since the band’s debut, Lee created a reputation for himself, and in time, personally developed his own mythology. Through his actions, interviews, and memoirs, Lee has not only embraced but rejoiced in and emphasized his past hedonistic lifestyle.
He Said He Hooked Up With A Woman Just To Drive Her Jaguar
According to the band in their memoir, Lee hooked up with a woman just to drive her car. Lee loved the Jaguar XJS, and this woman just so happened to have one. Lee and the band claimed he made a deal: he would sleep with her once, and in exchange, he got to drive her car.
That night, the other Crüe boys returned to the house to see Lee and the woman together, but “[t]he second Tommy finished, he buttoned up his pants and looked at [the band]. ‘I gotta go, man.’ He beamed, proud. ‘I’m gonna drive her car.’”
Limo Driver Al Bowman Claimed Lee Was Accosted By An Angry Boyfriend
Al Bowman, the Crüe’s limo driver, recalled in an interview with The Sun, Lee particularly loved hooking up with women in the back of the limo. Sometimes, Bowman worried Lee would tip the limo over in the act.
But these dalliances weren’t without consequence. Bowman said, "...he'd been with this other girl who had a boyfriend - and all of a sudden the boyfriend came back and started chasing him with a knife. He had to jump in the limo to escape.”
He Followed Pamela Anderson Down To Cancun After She Stood Him Up
After meeting Pamela Anderson at a Los Angeles nightclub, Lee was smitten. He pursued her, but her schedule made it impossible for them to get together. When she finally found a day to spare, she stood Lee up and told him she was flying to Cancun the next day and they’d have to reschedule.
So what did Lee do? He got a ticket to Cancun and followed her. He met up with her at a hotel bar, had a few drinks, and four days later, they got married.
Remembering their whirlwind courtship, Lee said, “I couldn’t believe that it was possible to feel so happy. For a so-called bad boy, I was turning into a pansy. It felt like our hearts had been hot-glued together.”