Tommy Lee Talking Busta Rhymes, Lil' Kim, Family Values For New Project

Tommy Lee, the artist formerly known as Motley Crue's drummer, is getting excited about his new project, and with good reason. He may soon add the names of Busta Rhymes and Lil' Kim to the already impressive list of collaborators he has assembled for Methods Of Mayhem, and he is in talks to debut the outfit on this year's Family Values outing.

Lee, who ended his 18-year tenure with Motley Crue last week (see "Tommy Lee And Motley Crue Parting Company"), has already enlisted the help of Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, the Crystal Method, Beastie Boys' DJ Mixmaster Mike, and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst for the first album from Methods Of Mayhem.

Lee told MTV News that Busta and Lil' Kim are also on board, though both have yet to cut their vocals. Tommy also said that he has called in to Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fatboy Slim) and the Chemical Brothers as well.

Lee also said that his rock-hybrid group will most likely make its tour debut

on this year's Family Values outing, as he met with organizers this weekend. However, spokespeople for the tour say that the only act confirmed so far for the festival is Limp Bizkit. Lee also adds that Methods Of Mayhem has been offered a spot on a KROQ radio-station-sponsored event in Los Angeles.

Though the core band consists of Lee and Tim Dog of hed (pe) (who will be sharing vocal duties), the band's touring outfit is also slated to include local California bassist Tom Davies, Mixmaster Mike, and former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna. Two drum kits will be set up for Lee and Vrenna, one acoustic and one electric. Lee also plans on playing guitar, singing, and rapping.

While he's still shopping the as-yet-untitled album, Lee hopes to have the finished product out by August or September.