Tommy Lee’s Biggest Regret Related To John Bonham


Almost every rock star has musical heroes that shaped their careers, especially when they first appeared on the stage. Considering rock music is divided into countless subgenres that have changed over the years, it was always hard for musicians to find their style and unique sound. Thankfully, their muses were there to help them throughout this process, and some of Mötley Crüe‘s sources of inspiration were David Bowie, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin.

Even though they were from different styles, times, and backgrounds, Mötley Crüe members revealed that these bands changed their perspectives toward the music and playing in the beginning. However, the band’s drummer Tommy Lee had a regret about one of them and unveiled it during a conversation along with sharing the reason why.

What Was Tommy Lee’s Regret About His Drum Hero?


Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham left his mark on rock music and other genres with his fast and single-footed kick drum performances. The drummer’s playing was so enchanting that many were inspired by his extensive drum solos. The late musician influenced thousands of young drummers who wanted to be his successors. His unique and unmatchable style became a turning point for the next generations’ professional careers.

Unfortunately, the Led Zeppelin member passed away on September 25, 1980, because of pulmonary aspiration, and the surviving members decided to disband. Thus, most of his fans couldn’t witness his greatness because of losing him early and untimely. One of them was Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, who named him his favorite drummer of all time.

In his conversation with Sammy Hagar as a part of his show, ‘Rock and Roll Road Trip,’ the drummer stated Bonham was his drum hero following the Van Halen icon’s question. Tommy Lee defined Bonham’s playing as insane, and his biggest regret was his inability to attend a Zeppelin concert to listen to Bonham live.

Here’s what Sammy Hagar asked:

“Who’s young drum hero?”

Lee responded:

John Bonham.”

He added:

“He was insane. I’m so bummed that I never got to see him play. That’s the one thing. When people go, ‘Do you have any regrets?’ that was it.”

When John Bonham passed away, Lee was eighteen years old, and it’s not surprising that he couldn’t get a chance to watch his extraordinary performances live. However, even the tapes seem to have been enough for Lee as he has excitedly praised Bonham’s talent and influence on him in several interviews that he joined over the years.