Tommy Lee Says He’s Always Grateful To Ozzy Osbourne For Launching Mötley Crüe Into ‘Some Crazy Shit’

In an interview with Rock This With Allison Hagendorf, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee talked about the iconic frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his contributions to their fame and success, particularly after they performed with Osbourne during his ‘Bark at the Moon Tour.’

As you may know, Nikki Sixx founded Mötley Crüe when he left his previous band, London, and started jamming with Tommy Lee. While they were looking for other members to hire their band, they met the guitarist Mick Mars. Soon later, they saw Lee’s high school friend Vince Neil performing and offered him to be the lead singer of their band.

After Mötley Crüe released their first two albums, ‘Too Fast for Love‘ and ‘Shout at the Devil,’ they gained the attention of the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. After he saw them performing at the US Festival, the metal legend invited Mötley Crüe as the opening act of his ‘Bark at the Moon Tour’ which started in 1984. Following their tour together, Osbourne credited for the popularity and success of the band.

Recently in an interview with Rock This With Allison Hagendorf, Tommy Lee talked about Ozzy Osbourne’s contributions to Mötley Crüe. During the interview, Lee stated that when Ozzy took them out, that was the first time they got the opportunity to perform in front of more than 18 thousand people. Tommy recalled how they thought it was insane to be able to play for that many people along with such a legendary musician.

The iconic drummer stated that the ‘Bark at the Moon’ tour launched them into ‘some crazy shit.’ He also added that he is always indebted and grateful to Osbourne for doing that because it contributed to their band becoming more popular and successful in the following years.

Here is what Tommy Lee stated about Ozzy Osbourne’s contributions to Mötley Crüe’s career:

“When Ozzy Osbourne took us out, that was the first time we got the opportunity to play in front of 18, 20 thousand people every single night in sold-out arenas. And we went from being this cool new band to [makes exploding sound]. It literally catapulted our career. We were, like, ‘What is happening? This is insane.’ And we were just hanging on. It was that crazy.

And I really believe that that tour — it was the ‘Bark At The Moon’ tour; I think that was around our ‘Shout At The Devil’ era time — and it just took off. So I’m always indebted and grateful to Ozzy for doing that, because that really launched us into some crazy shit.”

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