Methods Of Mayhem Biography
Methods Of Mayhem was the Rap-Metal project of Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. In 1998 he spent several months in jail after his wife, actress Pamela Anderson, accused him of hitting her in front of their children; Lee decided to leave the Crüe during his stay in prison.
Teaming with rapper Tilo, bass player Chris Chaney and keyboardist Scott
Kirkland from The Crystal Method,
the following year he formed the new outfit and "Methods Of Mayhem"
was finally released in December 1999 via MCA Records. The album, which
featured guest appearances by Limp Bizkit's
Fred Durst, Kid Rock and Snoop Dogg, debuted
at #71 on The Billboard 200.
The band's live line-up comprised Lee, Chaney, Tilo, Canadian guitarist Kai and a second drummer, ex-Jane's Addiction Stephan Perkins.
After only one album, the group split up and Tommy Lee mounted a solo career.
The second Methods Of Mayhem album, entitled "A Public Disservice Announcement", was released in September 2010. Lee and his team, including producer Scott Humphrey, singer + guitarist John 'J3' Allen and others, wrote and recorded the songs for the new album, then made the core components of each available for download on Thepublicrecord.com to anyone who wished to add their playing or otherwise re-interpret the music however they saw fit. Lee listened to every single submission that was uploaded, chose the best and integrated the actual audio tracks into the album's final cuts. Every single musician whose part was used is credited and thanked on the album which reached #153 on The Billboard 200.