Crue Cryptic About Lee's Status
At the time the news first broke -- by way of a lawsuit the band had filed against its former manager, which stated, "Lee recently informed [bassist Nikki] Sixx and [guitarist Mick] Mars that he was resigning from the band, and his resignation was accepted" -- the Crue's representatives would neither confirm nor deny Lee's ouster. So ever since, like most of the band's fans, we'd simply assumed Lee was done with the Crue -- that, perhaps, spinning records as a celebrity DJ was more his speed. Considering all this, Metal File must admit we were awfully confused by Lee's appearance with the band in Los Angeles, when the boys revealed their upcoming Crue Fest tour. So when we had the opportunity to sit down with the band following the press conference, we just had to ask: What's the deal with Tommy?
Of course, the Crue have been in the rock and roll game long enough (make that 27 years) to know how to dodge a few questions -- which is precisely what they did. "You know, it's so funny," started Sixx. "[Saints of Los Angeles] is loosely based on the book 'The Dirt,' and originally, we were going to call it The Dirt. But this society, where it's at right now, is so ridiculous. It's all about gossip. Everything is gossip. It's demented to have people standing in line at the grocery store, reading something they know is a lie and buying it. And so, that's the thing with this band -- we fit into that perfectly. Mick just told me a few minutes ago that he found out he's dead, on the Internet. That's the second time that's happened to him. I have one death, and he has two. I'm jealous." - read more of the interview