Lee Aaron recalls Tommy Lee being incredibly generous to her drummer when she opened for Mötley Crüe
Canadian female icon Lee Aaron was recently interviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx. The interview will be posted tomorrow. Lee Aaron was promoting her upcoming new studio album Radio On!, which will be released via Metalville Records on July 23, 2021.
Lee Aaron was asked who was her musical idol that she met and what she took from that meeting to which she replied:
“Wow. That’s a hard question. I can give you a couple of answers. In the early 80s we opened for Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee who has a reputation for being this ‘wild and crazy’ guy… He kind of frightened me at first. He ended up just being the nicest guy. He brought us up on the bus. He showed us around. We didn’t know what that was like. We were driving around in a van. We had crap gear. We had no money… He saw that my drummer had some of the worst drum heads on his kit. Again, this was a budget [tour for Lee Aaron]. Tommy was sponsored by a drum gear company. He opened up this huge road case and he said to my drummer, “Hey dude, pick out what you need.” I thought what an incredibly nice, generous thing to do. I was always really impressed with that gesture. I know he’s gone through his trials personally, but that’s always stuck with me and I want to be that generous person with my opening acts. They treated me with a lot of respect and I really made an impact on me. It wasn’t what I expected.
Another one is when I met Ann Wilson. I’m a huge Heart fan and a fan of the Wilson sisters. I think you could say that I was obsessed with the ‘Little Queen’ and ‘Dream Boat Annie’ albums as a teen and they made me want to become a girl rocker. There would be no ‘Metal Queen’ if it wouldn’t have been for “Barracuda.” I met Ann Wilson. I met her at Copps Coliseum, in Hamilton, Ontario [Canada] with a group of people, in what felt like a ‘receiving line.’ She wasn’t able to give me much time, but when it was my turn, I was able to let her know how much of an influence and important her work had been in my life. The girl behind her recognized me and said, “Oh my God! You’re Lee Aaron!” She started flipping out and I had to explain to Ann that I was a singer too, I mentioned that I had released my sixth album ‘Some Girls Do.’ She shook my hand and said, “Oh, well if you have six albums out, then you must be pretty good!” I met her again years later backstage. We had played a festival together and I was telling her how much I loved her voice. She looked at me and said, “My dear, I just saw your set. You can sing anything you want.” I was touched. What a compliment. So I guess, to answer your question…just be kind.”