Drummer Tommy Lee is sharing his thoughts on Motley Crue ahead of the June 14 cinema premiere of their final farewell concert film “The End.”
Directed by Christian Lamb, the project captures the band in concert at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year’s Eve.
"It's sad it was the last show, but in the same breath it was also a celebration," Lee tells Rolling Stone. "It was really cool to finish where we started. We accomplished everything we set out to do."
Almost six months after the farewell, the drummer is still processing the end of the Crue’s 35-year career.
“I always said none of this is going to sink in until God knows how long afterward,” Lee explains. “You're still coming off of that high of touring for nearly two years. Last month, I started to think, ‘Wow. This is for real." But I didn't have bad feelings about the tour.”
Lee says the band didn’t exactly part ways as the brothers they appeared to be onstage.
“Yeah. It's kind of strange, man. We're a weird band,” he reveals. “Even stranger, after the final night, we had a big party backstage on New Year's Eve, and I never saw the other guys. We never even said ‘goodbye.’ Strange as hell, dude. I think Nikki unfollowed me on Twitter, like, the next day.
“I mean, if you're getting divorced, you still give your ex a hug, or flip her off or something. You either get a kiss or a slap, or ... something. Give me a sign! Let me know you're alive.
Lee has not maintained contact with the guys, saying “I haven't spoken to Vince or Nikki. I speak to Mick a lot. He's actually working on some new stuff, and I'm really happy for him.
“I don't have ill feelings at all," he continues. “I'm saying this with a smile on my face. I'm just happy to be part of something that was so impactful on so many people's lives musically and lifestyle-wise. That's pretty insane, and I'm really happy that we decided to end it on a high note and not really drive this thing into the ground like so many of our other musical peers have. It's just really cool and quite an honor to kind of bow out when it's still larger-than-life. It could have gone a different route.”
Tickets for “Motley Crue: The End” are available via FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
Fans throughout the US will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 250 movie theaters – check the website for a complete list of participating theater locations.
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