"Thomas Lee Bass" (born October 3, 1962, Athens, Greece), better known as "Tommy Lee", is a Greek American musician, best known as the drummer for the Hard Rock band Mötley Crüe.
Lee was born in Athens, Greece. His mother, Vassilikki "Boula" Papadimitriou, was Miss Greece in 1957, and his father was David Lee Thomas Bass, a Welsh Army sergeant. His family moved to California a year after his birth. Lee received his first drum set when he was four. However he received his first real drum kit when he was a teenager. At that time, he was listening to Deep Purple, KISS, and Led Zeppelin. He joined the marching band at Royal Oak High School in Covina, CA, but dropped out of school in his senior year to focus on his musical career.
His first real band was called ''Suite 19'', With a fast playing guitarist named Greg Leon from La Cresenta, California,and played the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles during the early 80s. At this time he met future bandmate, Nikki Sixx. Casually, Sixx was forming a theatrical band that would specialize in anthemic heavy metal, and was impressed by Lee's playing. Sixx convinced Lee to leave ''Suite 19'' and started playing together in what would e...