Toto’s David Paich Recalls The Lesson He Gave Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee


Toto keyboardist David Paich recently joined Eon Music for an interview and revealed that he taught Tommy Lee how to play the keyboard in one of Mötley Crüe’s songs.

Besides his enduring career with Toto spanning over four decades, David Paich has also been involved in numerous session works and side projects. Thus, the keyboardist has worked with many notable musicians such as Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Don Henley. One of his other famous collaborations was with Mötley Crüe for their seventh album, ‘Generation Swine.’

Paich played the keyboard parts in the song, ‘Brandon,’ in which Tommy Lee took over the lead vocal duties for the first time. During a recent interview, David Paich gave the details of how he ended up working with Mötley Crüe on that 1997 record. The keyboardist revealed that his bandmate from Toto, Steve Lukather, took the initiative in his involvement in the album.

Lukather and Tommy Lee were close friends, so Lee once asked Lukather whether he knew any good keyboard players to play on the song, ‘Brandon.’ So, David Paich performed the keyboard parts on the track. Paich noted that he had to teach Lee how to play that part on the keyboard for the band’s live shows. He also recalled working with Mötley Crüe members as an exciting and memorable experience.

David Paich’s statements on the lesson he gave to Tommy Lee are as follows:

“Steve Lukather was the connection. He and Tommy Lee were like best friends, so Luke said Tommy said, ‘I need a keyboard player’ to play on the song for his son, and they had me play keyboards on it, and then I had to teach it to Tommy after for the live show. That’s the one song I got to do with them. It was really an experience. Those guys were super nice and really great. ‘Brandon,’ yeah, that was it!”

You can listen to the song below.