MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE: Why I Decided To Cover PRINCE's 'When You Were Mine' For Upcoming 'Andro' Solo Album
June 20, 2020
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee spoke to Australia's Studio 10 about his decision to cover Prince's "When You Were Mine" on his upcoming third solo album, "Andro". He said (see video below): "I, forever, have been a Prince fan; I've had the opportunity to meet him. I've been a fan of his forever, and this was a really cool opportunity, with my buddy Lukas Rossi [formerly of ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA] to redo a Prince song. But I took a really kind of a happy, boppy — I mean, the tempo of 'When You Were Mine' is really fast, really uptempo. We slowed it down and made it super dark and sexy, and it is a monster. I can't wait for you guys to hear that one."
"Andro" will be released on October 16. The LP includes Tommy's two recently released singles, "Tops", featuring female South African rapper Push Push, and "Knock Me Down", featuring the up-and-coming rapper Killvein.
Lee's new set of tracks seem to truly represent the music that's he was meant to make — and that definitively reveals the depth and range of his musical fascinations. They also represent the male and female sides of music — equally important and equally powerful, thus the name of the album, "Andro". Androgyny is a combination of the essences of male and female genders and the album is the manifestation of the concept.
Regarding the album title, Lee told Studio 10: "Half of the body of work that I created had all this male energy, and the other half had this female energy. And when trying to sequence the record to listen the best, it wasn't quite working, having them kind of play randomly the way I kind of thought it would be cool. I separated the two and put the female energy on one side of the album and the male energy on the other side of the album and let them sort of play separately but yet together. And that's kind of how it went down, and that's why the record's called 'Andro', short for androgyny."
Lee has had a mega-popular Netflix film ("The Dirt"),starred in and produced three network TV shows ("Tommy Lee Goes To College", "Rockstar: Supernova", "Battleground Earth: Ludacris Vs Tommy Lee"),had a New York Times bestseller ("Tommyland") and has appeared on scripted and interview TV shows — most recently, a hilarious appearance as a professor on ABC's "The Goldbergs".
Lee's METHODS OF MAYHEM rap-rock side project released its self-titled debut album in 1999 and was certified gold in the U.S. A follow-up effort, "A Public Disservice Announcement", came out 11 years later.
Lee also collaborated with METHODS OF MAYHEM's DJ Aero on the "#MSND" EP, which was released in 2013.