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1. Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962 in Athens, Greece), better known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-born American rock and roll musician, best known as the drummer for the hard Rock band Mötley Crüe.

Early Life and Career
Lee was born in Athens, Greece. His mother, Vassilikki “Voula” 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 successful band was called Suite 19. With a fast guitarist named Greg Leon from La Cresenta, California, the group played the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles during the early ’80s. At this time he met future band mate, 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 end up being Mötley Crüe. At this time, he changed his name to Tommy Lee and earned the nickname “T-Bone” from Sixx. Shortly afterwards, guitarist Mick Mars joined the band. Mars recommended a singer Tommy met at high school, Vince Neil, who soon joined the group.

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