Last Thursday, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee decided to share this rant with the band's nearly 1.9 million Facebook fans...
André Sunday, July 01, 2012
On one hand ridiculously self-absorbed; on the other hand a lot of people ask/interrupt to have a picture taken not so much to sincerely express admiration but to simply post it on social media, which is lame
Then again if you participate in reality tv shows, the honest starting point of any debate is an acknowledgement that you're part of the problem. You actually created the problem.
@wfmu Monday, July 02, 2012
Do not even THINK of asking Tommy Lee for a picture, you loser.
@missythangs Monday, July 02, 2012
@averywatts Monday, July 02, 2012
Something you will never hear me say.
@dalenabors Monday, July 02, 2012
How grateful should a music artist be to his/her fans?
Faza (TCM) Monday, July 02, 2012
Regardless of what you think of the form, Tommy has a point:
TOMMY LEE Tuesday, July 03, 2012
WOW!! thank you!!! well put!!!!
Matt James Monday, July 02, 2012
Tommy's missive might resonate with a number of artists. They give pieces of themselves in their music and performances.. and they are rewarded in return. That's the deal. So boundaries.. if there were none, and they were simply owned outright by their fans, who wouldn't go mad?
QSDC Monday, July 02, 2012
I don't blame him. The ubiquity of cell phone cameras are a scourge to mankind, and some people are just plain rude/entitled.
Jeff Monday, July 02, 2012
I bet it's cause he's getting old; if he were 25 he wouldn't care, its just when he's basically double that, he doesn't like what he sees posted on the internet
@mattadownes Friday, July 06, 2012
No problem filming Pamela an embarrassing her for generations though right Tommy? You my friend are a hypocrite.
I can't imagine a professional ever writing a letter like this to his or her fans.
How long before this "stunt" is over and an apology letter is written?
brian godshall Monday, July 02, 2012
I think the late actress Kate Hepburn felt the same way; and I read that the late Patrick Swayze was also very annoyed at being bothered by fans in restaurants.
amyl Monday, July 02, 2012
Good job Tommy! I found this letter because a fellow GNR fan let me know about it. I hear the same crap from GNR fans. Your right. You did it on your own and you don't owe anything to anyone. Some people are just give me give me people. And it's sad. As a huge music lover I have never in my life thought any musican owed me a thing. And I never will. peace out
AWA Monday, July 02, 2012
The "deal" is whatever the person paying the bill says it is. Tommy is free to respond to these kind of requests however he wants. However, those slighted by his behavior could easily decide to stop supporting him. If Tommy's fans pull out--for any reason, whether right or wrong--Tommy will find out that the people who paid for his albums and shows are exactly the people who put him where he is now. Not saying that Tommy's being "cool" or being a "dick." This is largely a business decision--a customer service decision. If given bad customer service--however the customer chooses to define it--the customer will eventually stop paying for the service.
Browsing Monday, July 02, 2012
Actor Kevin Costner is sitting next to me on this ✈ I'm gonna bug him for a picture hahaha!
Wonderbread Monday, July 02, 2012
He comes across as a dick to me. I get he doesn't want to be bothered in public and he has a right to privacy.
But to never give back by taking just a couple of seconds with the people who possibly support you? Especially after a show, when people traveled and paid good money to see you, it still bothers you for a quick pic?
He's right, he doesn't owe them that, but why not go that extra mile to make the experience that much more memorable? So what if they're only showing off on social media? Thats free exposure and word of mouth.
jonsi Monday, July 02, 2012
There's actually something similar to Gene Simmons. Both were exalted by huge labels, to mega-fame, losing all perspective on this and deciding that they could be perfectly open, complete dicks, and they deserved it all etc. But KISS is not as popular anymore, Simmons being a total dick among other factors have diminished that band's legacy. The same will happen to Motley Crue if they keep this up. It's the difference between a deep well of oil spilling 10s of millions a year and a declining stream that fizzles to 0. Or less than zero as you become the butt of every joke, a caricature of campiness.
@performermag Monday, July 02, 2012
Don't dare ask Tommy Lee for a picture, because he'll slap you. Not with his hand....
@beckswar Monday, July 02, 2012
Tommy Lee loves Instagram.
@patticorleone Monday, July 02, 2012
Tommy Lee has a point, but shouldn't have posted it on the Motley Crue fan page.
@tomsipod Monday, July 02, 2012
Aren't you glad you're not a Motley Crue fan?
yes Tuesday, July 03, 2012
@kullybgussyg Monday, July 02, 2012
Genius - Motley Crue's open letter to their adoring fans.
@forcemm Monday, July 02, 2012
he'll take some heat for it but he's kind of right
Oh, come on now! Tuesday, July 03, 2012
But if he were paid....
Visitor Thursday, July 05, 2012
Saw KISS last year with my kids. Tried to explain to them that it was as much about the showmanship as the music. It was awesome. awesome close seats for $50 tickets bought outside 5 mins before show started from http://www.tickethold.com/concerts/motley-crue-tickets/index.php
If I had the chance to see motley I would want to be more close.
Visitor Thursday, July 05, 2012
At least only 5-10% of fans will see it... Unless he promotes it of course...
WhoGivesAShit Friday, July 06, 2012
Exactly just that, who gives a shit! Motley Crue is a has-been band that should just give it up and has had more buzz offstage than on.
You're too old, not relevant to the music scene, Satan is not cool to anyone, sharing old worn-out women amongst bandmates is pathetic, your management / label has no clue about social media or else they would have haltered this whiny-ass letter, oh wait, maybe since the band doesn't have a music career anymore, any sort of media chatter is what they're considering successful for bands on this level.
Please, please write about more relevant topics than this. I could see this being the headline story on some heavy metal website created by some fanatic genre-biased fan, but for DMN?! Celebrities whine about picture taking fans all the time, what's new? NEXT...
jeremy.gold Saturday, July 07, 2012
You can work however hard you want, but if there is nobody to buy your albums, t-shirts, and concert tickets then you'll still be in your basement with those Zep records. There's no boardroom full of people hand picking random "hard workers" to be a rock star, it is a fan funded industry no matter how stupid, cheap, or shallow they are.
The Voice of Reason Sunday, July 08, 2012
Who gives a fuck? I mean really?
WhoGivesaShit Sunday, July 08, 2012
My thoughts exactly.
News Reader Monday, July 09, 2012
I miss the days when rockers could speak their mind and not have to worry about being politically correct all the time. They are rock stars, not politicians (who are even worse, ironically). Some rockers are viewed upon as heroes and role models, some just live the dream that so many of their fans wish they could be doing, and it's nothing to get so uptight about.
NoUse Monday, July 09, 2012
I completely dissagree. When a musician makes a record and asks for fans support and fans give it I think there's a cretian obligation for the artist to be greatful and respectful. In his letter he starts by saying how much he loves his fans but by the end he's baisically saying don't even look at him if you see him on the street? Makes no sense.
And I've been that douce that asked for a picture. What I was thinking: "Wow this person's music has meant so much to me over the years and I may never have another chance to tell them that, so fuck it, I'm going over to talk." I wanted the picture as a keep sake so I could look back at that picture and remember when I met one of my heros.
FYI- It was not Tommy. lol
Visitor Monday, July 09, 2012
Tommy. I agree with most of what you've said. People today are just addicted to some form of media 24/7. I can only imagine the inconsiderate rude people you've encountered. Hell, I encounter many on a day to day basis and I'm not famous.
I would say however, you have to look at this a little different. They admire you, adore you, etc., so these people feel this may be the last and/or only chance they will ever have to remember seeing you, their hero. Life is all about memories, not material possessions, and pictures help us recall those memories. For some, it may very well be superficial bragging rights, but for others, it's a way to recall that great experience which you helped make. You helped to make a difference in their lives, you should feel honored!
In the entertainment industry, or any industry for that matter, you have to take the bad with the good. You can ignore the rude people, and humor those little people who you mean the world to. Certainly, not all are rude jerks. When you look at the big picture, I would think this annoyance is a small price to pay for all of the perks that go along with the job.
Dr. J. Patolious
Ron Monday, July 09, 2012
No problem, and totally within your rights as an artist to define what you do and do not want.
Versus Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Agreed with all he said here. Well put.
Hans Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Spotify killed Motley Crue. Everything is Spotify´s fault . Even Global warming
brokefolktweets Thursday, August 23, 2012
I totally agree with him! I never ask celebs to take their pics with me because it's fucking silly. Must be a time waster for them to have to pose for pics everywhere they go. I'd be annoyed too.