MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, who first got into electronic music back in 2000 and started DJing in 2004, spoke to the Your EDM web site about the differences between playing a rock show and appearing in front of EDM fans.
"Well, that's interesting. They're both completely… Well, I shouldn't say completely, but they're both very different," he said. "There's something really cool about a giant rock crowd in an arena or a festival setting — that's super cool — but there's something really special about when you're DJing in a club, for instance, and there's no seats. Everybody's just dancing around and having a blast, where at a lot of rock shows there's seats. And I always get bummed, like, 'Fuck, I wish there were no seats in this place so people could move around and interact and dance and do whatever the hell it is they need to do.' Sometimes seats are a real drag."
Asked if he thinks there is a difference in the energy between the two types of crowds, Tommy said: "Electronic music definitely has more bursts of energy. Especially now when there's a drop every frickin' 10 seconds. Where rock shows burst in the beginning of the song or the ending or something, dance music is constantly full of high energy. So that's definitely different. It's super different."
Lee also spoke about his plans for after MÖTLEY CRÜE completes its "The Final Tour" at the end of 2015. He said: "I've got a bunch of stuff I've been working on personally. I've been writing for the last year or so and putting everything aside for when MÖTLEY's over, because that's been a really frustrating part for me — not MÖTLEY. But I've got a bunch of projects, solo records, stuff like that, and sometimes you spend a year of your life making this music and then you put it out…"
He continued: "I call MÖTLEY the Mothership. Once the Mothership calls, it's time to go out on tour. And I was like, 'Fuck, I was right in the middle of promoting this, and getting it off the ground, and going to support it, and tour it, and I've got to go. And I just have to drop the project.' So, I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm really looking forward to 2016 for when I can actually follow through with my vision and what I want to do, and not have to just kind of drop it. I feel bad. It's like a child, and all of a sudden, it's a few months old and you're, like,'Uh, I've gotta leave you here with grandma, dude. I'm out.' Okay, that's a fucked up analogy, but that's really what happens; it just gets abandoned. And I've been frustrated for a few years like that. But it's all about to be cool. I'm real optimistic about some stuff here in the future when I actually get to follow through with what I do."
Lee added: "When MÖTLEY is done on New Year's Eve, I'm probably going to delve into a little bit of hibernation and get stuff all together, all this work I've been doing for the last little while, and start to put it together visually and sonically what it is I want to do next."
MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour", which kicked off last year, will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs.
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January 2014, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.