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12th July 2012

tommy lee

Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee was slated for posting an expletive and exclamation mark laden rant on the band's official Facebook page last week, letting Crüe fans know he "[doesn't] owe anybody anything!" and that he absolutely hates having his fucking picture taken with them. The post received 2,212 comments.

In the rant, Tommy said: "I certainly don't owe anybody anything! When I bought all my Led Zeppelin records and concert tickets I didn't say "one day these fuckers are gonna owe me a picture" It's the least they can do for me!... wtf people? You don't admire something so that it can give back... You just cherish it! [...]I'm not here to take pictures with you, I'm here to entertain you!

"Nobody put me where I am but ME!"

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The post severely divided the the band's Facebook fanbase, with some coming out in defense of Tommy, for example: "Tommy is correct, just because you are a fan does not give you the right to act out, impose or make demands upon the entertainer."

But not all were in favour, for example: "The day will come, when your fans have moved on and forgotten you, and you will be praying for people to ask for your picture. You're not the Beatles, you're not timeless. You're a hair band, and this fame thing can be fleeting. Suck it up princess. You took the money, now take the picture."

But it turns out the drumming legend has a pretty good reason to be irritated with photo-hungry fans: One of them asked for a picture while he was carrying his recently deceased mother's ashes.

In an exclusive article by, Tommy is quoted: "Are you ready for this? This is going to fucking freak you out. My mother passed away recently. I was picking up her ashes to take them home with me to do a service for my mother. And so I'm at the mortuary, I've got my mom's ashes in my right hand, and my girlfriend, I'm holding her hand with my left hand, and we're walking out. And the fucking lady, the receptionist, goes, 'Oh my god, can I take a picture with you?' And I looked and her and went [takes a deep breath], 'I'm sorry, but I'd rather not.'"

And if that wasn't classless enough, the receptionist went further.

"Then she was like, 'Are you sure?' And I couldn't even believe it — she asked me if I was sure. I'm fucking standing there with my mom's ashes and it's not the fucking happiest day on the planet for me. I couldn't believe it. I go, 'Okay, that's officially the most fucked up thing that has ever happened to me.' I called the manager and said, 'You're not going to believe what just happened. I don't expect you to fire her or anything like that, but that was the most disrespectful bullshit I've ever experienced in my life.'

"I sat in the car, and I'm shaking, and my girlfriend goes, 'I'm so sorry honey,' and I was speechless. I didn't even know what to say. I couldn't believe a human being just did that."

So now you know why Tommy Lee had his outburst about fans asking for photos last week...



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