Motley Crue's Tommy Lee has no interest in playing livestream shows

Tommy Lee and Motley Crue perform at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. David Bloom / Edmonton Sun

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Motley Crue star Tommy Lee refuses to promote his new album with livestreamed gigs because he insists they’re nothing like real performances for fans.

The drummer recently released his new solo album Andro, but tells fans he won’t be staging a virtual concert from the studio or from an empty venue because he doesn’t think his music would work in such a setting.

“I’ve thought about playing a couple of virtual performances but the more I wrap my head around that and everybody doing it… music is like this incredible indoor and outdoor sport; it just doesn’t come across on a computer screen or on a phone or on a TV set as it does when you are there,” he tells Big Issue magazine.

“The energy of the people, and the sound system, just pounding. That just doesn’t come across in the format people are doing right now.”

Lee and his bandmates were among the last major rock act to scrap 2020 concerts, holding out until the last minute to reschedule their Stadium Tour with Poison and Def Leppard to next summer — and the drummer can’t wait to get back onstage.

“Every time I think about the lighters in the air and the screaming, of course I miss that. Who wouldn’t?” he says. “Especially now our stadium tour got moved back to June 2021, I can just imagine what it’s going to be like being on stage with that many people and that energy when it’s OK to be together again.

“It’s going to be priceless — that kind of energy I’m probably never going to see again in my lifetime. Can you imagine what that’s going to be like? Holy s**t.”

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