When Mötley Crüe Hired A Female Drummer To Replace Tommy Lee
Mötley Crüe has been through several hiatuses and line-up changes due to the band member’s serious problems such as alcohol and heroin addiction, problematic relationships both with each other and their lovers. Even though the band had decided to reunite and record ‘Generation Swine’ in 1997, the band’s drummer Tommy Lee’s personal problems continued to arise.
It’s widely known that Tommy Lee and his wife Pamela Anderson’s relationship was full of ups and downs, including a leaked sex tape, drug and alcohol abuse, and even domestic violence, which caused Lee to serve some jail time. Tommy Lee decided to leave Mötley Crüe and start his new project when he was in jail. So, Mötley Crüe had to hire a new drummer.
The Reason Why Samantha Maloney Became Mötley Crüe’s Drummer
Initially, Mötley Crüe hired former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo, but he couldn’t join the band during their New Tatoo tour because of his duodenal ulcer. Thus, the band started to search for a new drummer, and they recruited Hole drummer Samantha Maloney. She became the only female member of the band after she joined them as their touring drummer.
Later, Maloney opened about her times in Mötley Crüe, saying that she was a big Mötley Crüe fan and her dreams had come true. She stated that she didn’t have any problems with the band members during the tour, even though the band members have a past full of sexist and aggressive acts toward women. She highlighted that women around Mötley Crüe would do anything to be with them.
Maloney recalled these times saying:
“It was a dream for me to be playing in a band that was very influential in me picking up drumsticks in the first place. I was not aware of any sexist behavior or band conflicts when I joined the band. I was a fan of the music.
As far as sexist behavior, in my experience, women who surrounded the band backstage had no respect for themselves. Many women will do whatever it takes to get to meet these guys. All I had to do was be myself.”
Thus, former Mötley Crüe tour drummer Samantha Maloney stated that the women, who were crazy about the band, had no respect for themselves. Therefore, the band members’ behavior toward them cannot be considered sexism. She also added that she fulfilled her duty as the drummer during the tour and everyone in the band showed her respect.