The Time Tommy Lee Slammed Rihanna’s Live Shows But Took His Words Back


Almost a decade ago, Mötley Crüe and KISS announced they were planning a summer tour, which made their fans very happy. The tour was defined as ‘Elvis on steroids’ by KISS frontman Paul Stanley and started on July 20, 2012, in Bristow and ended on March 12, 2013, in Brisbane. The tour’s announcement made the worldwide headlines after what Gene Simmons said.

During the press conference about their upcoming tour, Gene Simmons slammed pop musicians like Rihanna by claiming that they were just dancing and singing karaoke. Simmons highlighted that this can’t be considered a musical performance, as their definition of live shows includes extraordinary stage shows and extreme performances.

Tommy Lee Regretted Criticizing Rihanna’s Stage Performance


Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee agreed with Gene Simmons’ harsh words about the pop singers’ fake live performances. Lee stated that he was glad Simmons finally drew attention to these kinds of so-called stage shows. He added that he couldn’t stand their performances which were like American Idol shows, even though he didn’t want to disrespect Rihanna.

However, after a while, Tommy Lee took his words about the stage shows back, saying that he is Rihanna’s fan and regarded her as a very talented singer. Also, Lee highlighted that he shouldn’t have uttered these words as a person performing electronic music live outside of Mötley Crüe.

Lee criticized Rihanna saying:

“No disrespect to Rihanna, she’s a great singer, but we’re in a slump for some sh-t that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that’s floating around out there.

I’m glad he said that actually because I don’t think I can bear watching another f–king award show that is just a little bit better than ‘American Idol.’ It’s f–king pathetic to watch people go out and f–king karaoke with a bunch of lights and video. It’s all completely watered down.”

Here’s what he said in one of his later statements:

I am a fan of Rihanna’s and think she’s an amazing singer/entertainer, and I think you all know how much I f-cking love electronic music and dance. I make and perform electronic music live, and who am I to say what’s good/bad/real or fake? It is what it is, right?”

Consequently, it seems like after pop singers’ fans’ reactions to both his and Simmons’ previous statements, Tommy Lee regretted taking that stance and wanted to emphasize his great and longtime admiration of Rihanna’s music and his personal interest in electronic music.