This is the Tommy Lee I like best ...
I'm not sure what I think of Tommy Lee, the rock star. Or Tommy Lee, the porn star. But Tommy Lee, the freshman at University of Nebraska? Aww, shucks. I just want to pinch his cheeks and rub that mop of a haircut. Adorable.
When Stuck in the '80s recently chatted on the phone with Lee (his band Motley Crue has a July 6 gig at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa), the only questions I wanted to ask were about his 2005 reality show, Tommy Lee Goes To College. He had some great answers, but they didn't make our Q&A that ran in the St. Petersburg Times on June 30. (But you can hear the full interview right here on the complete podcast). I blame it on my co-host, whose interest in rock and roll seems confined to the region between the knees and belly-button.
Here's what Tommy had to say:
"It was fun for me because it was something I hadn't done. I'd never got a chance to go to college. Motley started touring when I was 17, 18 years old, so I quit my senior year of high school because I got a recording contract. So I never got a chance to do that whole college thing. So for me it was an experience and that's why I did the show. I don't really just sign on to do cheese-ball reality shows just for the hell of it."
On his mother's tearful reaction at the show's beginning (and I don't care if it was fake or not), Tommy said, "I think all parents want to see their parents go [to college]. I don't think parents have kids to go, like, 'I hope my son grows up to be a rock school, quits high school and be a maniac.' So she probably got a little bit of 'Wow, he's actually going to check out something he didn't get a chance to when he was growing up.' So that's cool."