Tommy Lee: Drinking is bad for drumming
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has learnt after 30 years in the heavy metal band that going on stage drunk makes him a worse drummer
Tommy Lee has learnt drinking beer doesn't make him a "kick ass" drummer.
The Mötley Crüe rocker has finally realised going on stage "blasted" has hindered his performances in the past and so he only has the odd beer before going on stage now.
He told Drummer Magazine: "Now, I do like a beer, maybe two before I go on stage so that I am nice and loose and relaxed. I have done the opposite of that plenty of times in the past and had far too much, and this is not cool at all. The thing is, you go out there totally blasted, and you are thinking to yourself, 'Man, I am kicking ass tonight!' And then you watch a piece of video the next day and you think, 'Dude, you were absolutely not kicking ass, or anywhere near it!' "
Tommy - who is currently on the road on the 'Girls Girl Girls' hitmakers' final ever tour - also admitted he feels "underrated" as a musician and being a part of the "mothership" that is Mötley Crüe doesn't change that.
The musician - who is joined in the group by Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Vince Neil - added: "Do I feel underrated as a musician? Yeah, I do. Years ago I used to get really frustrated over that, but when you start to get a little older, you realise that it's not really that important. I mean, Mick, our guitar player, is a really great guitar player, but he is never going to be thought of in that way first and foremost because he is Mötley Crüe's guitar player.
"A lot of the time the antics that go on kinda take on a life of their own, and the mothership that is this band has its own engine and its own atmosphere because it is just this huge thing to be a part of."