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Tommy Lee Net Worth

Tommy Lee Net Worth 2019 | Sources of Income, Salary and More
Net Worth$101,000,000
Full NameThomas Lee Bass
Date of Birth/AgeOctober 3, 1962 (age 56)
Source of wealthMusician, Songwriter, Drummer, DJ
Height6’2”
Country of originGreece
State/City of originAthens
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Tommy Lee Net Worth is $101 million.

How Did Tommy Lee Make His Money?

Tommy Lee is a professional musician and drummer. He is a founder of the rock group Motley Crue, which became a major force during the glory days of heavy metal in the 1980s. Lee also had a solo career as a musician and has written music for films.

 

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Early Life

Tommy Lee was born Thomas Lee Bass on October 2, 1962 in Athens, Greece. His father was an Army sergeant who was stationed there. His mother Voula Papadimitriou was Miss Greece and was a contestant in the 1970 Miss World pageant.

 

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The family moved to the U.S. when Lee was still a baby.

Lee began playing drums as a young child. He had expressed an interest in playing drums at a very early age. His parents gave him a drum set when he was a teenager. Lee was a fan of pop-metal bands like KISS, AC/DC, Deep Purple and Cheap Trick. These bands inspired his early drumming style.

Lee ended up dropping out of high school to join a rock band called Suite 19.

Tommy Lee’s Career

Early Career

After he dropped out of school, Lee’s band Suite 19 started playing at various clubs in downtown L.A. Suite 19 was popular with the downtown clubgoers.

After one show, Lee met another musician named Nikki Six, who was trying to put together a heavy metal band. He invited Lee to be the band’s drummer. Lee then suggested one of his friends named Vince Neil as a guitarist. Shortly after that, they met guitarist Mick Mars and invited him to be the second guitarist.

That starting lineup became Motley Crue. The four original members would stay with the band for decades.

 

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Start of Success

Motley Crue did a lot of touring to local clubs and released its first album, Too Fast for Love, in 1981. The following year, a major recording company offered them a contract.

They then released Shout at the Devil in 1983 and Theater of Pain in 1985.

Each album was a hit. They were followed up by Girls, Girls, Girls in 1987 and Dr. Feelgood in 1989. The band ended up making 20 albums, of which six went platinum.

 

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Motley Crue was known for their outrageous behavior both during and between shows. The band regularly performed on elaborate sets. Lee was known for hanging upside down while performing and mooning the audience.

The band was also known for heavy drug and alcohol use and frequent, wild parties.

Key Milestones

The band’s popularity received a huge boost when they were asked to open for KISS on a world tour in 1983.

Tommy Lee stopped performing with Motley Crue in 1999. Two years later, the band invited him to collaborate with them on the band’s autobiography The Dirt. The book later became a Netflix biopic of the same name.

 

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Lee formed a new group called Methods of Madness, but he split with his cofounder after releasing just two albums.

In 2004, Motley Crue reunited to release the compilation album Red, White and Crue. The double-album record went quadruple platinum and the band added a tour to support it. It was their first performance together since the split.

Current Status

At present, Tommy Lee net worth reached $101,000,000.

Lee has released three solo albums. He also released two albums with Methods of Madness and one with Rock Star Supernova.

Tommy Lee currently works as a DJ with DJ Aereo. They are known as Electro Mayhem and have performed all over the world.

 

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Personal Life

Tommy Lee has been married four times. He is currently married to model Brittany Furlan. Lee was previously married to Elaine Starchuk, Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. He married Anderson in 1993 four days after meeting her and while engaged to another woman.

Lee and Anderson had two children together: Brandon Thomas who was born June 5, 1996 and Dylan Jagger, born December 29, 1997. The couple divorced in 1998 and attempted reconciliation several times before finally calling it quits in 2001.

Tommy Lee has had several high-profile incidents of notoriety. In 1995, he and Pamela Anderson released a sex tape that was seen far and wide. In 1999, Lee spent six months in prison after Anderson accused him of behaving violently in front of their children. The charges were later dropped.

Lee was also involved in a fight with Kid Rock in 2007. Kid Rock was later charged with assault in the incident. Through all of it, Lee continued to work and perform, putting out one hit album after another.

 

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Interesting Facts

  • He is an animal rights activist and a member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
  • His sister Athena Lee played the drums in his first band, Suite 19. Athena Lee is married Scorpions drummer James Kottak.
  • Lee’s nickname is T-Bone. He was first called that aa a teenager because of his tall, lanky frame.
  • Lee wrote the soundtrack for the 1996 Pamela Anderson movie Barb Wire.
  • In 2005, Lee starred in a reality show called Tommy Lee Goes to College.

Favorite Quotes From Tommy Lee

 

“On ecstasy, Joan Rivers looks like Pamela Anderson, so imagine what Pamela Anderson looked like.”

“I’m still that rowdy dude who has after-parties in his dressing room with a concert-sized PA system blasting away.”

“A lot of rap artists wear fur, and they think it’s a status symbol. That doesn’t register for me. I just see dead animals.”

Success Tips From Tommy Lee

  1. “The older I get, the more I don’t care what people think or what people say. I just do what moves me.”
  2. “Whatever I wanted to do, my father supported me. I don’t mean that I was spoilt, he didn’t believe in material things, but he watched my back while I worked to achieve things.”