Methods Of Mayhem Kicks Off Headlining Tour

Tommy Lee's rap-metal project Methods Of Mayhem kicked off its first-ever tour in Vancouver Thursday night with an arena-sized production in a 1000-seat club.

The show featured quadraphonic sound and racks of moving, strobing, and stationary lights tucked into almost every square foot of available space. Not surprisingly, the opening-night performance saw technical glitches that caused a long-delayed start and some downtime after Lee's flashy opening drum sequence.

The audience response was for the most part enthusiastic, although most seemed to think that the show had been abruptly halted by yet another technical glitch, when in reality, it was the end of the scheduled set. In spite of the crowd's lack of an audible ovation, the group, which consists of Lee, rapper and band co-founder TiLo, guitarists Chris Chaney and Kai, and Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins, returned to the stage for an encore.

Prior to the concert, the personable

Lee told MTV News he was indeed nervous.

"But it's a good nervous, it's not like uncomfortable nervous," he explained. "I would have liked to come here yesterday and set up."

The band chose the opening-night site of Vancouver for a variety of reasons, Lee said, and not just because it provided a convenient kick-off point for a stint down the West Coast. The drummer-turned-frontman was also based in the city for months while recording with Mötley Crüe in the '80s, and MoM guitarist Kai is from Vancouver and plays with the locally based Noise Therapy.

The city is also the former home of his on-again-off-again wife, Pamela Anderson Lee, who was not in attendance. Lee politely declined to discuss the current rumors that he and Anderson Lee are again on the outs.

Lee did confirm, however, that Snoop Doggy Dogg, who appears on the Methods Of Mayhem album, had been scheduled to make a guest appearance at the show, but the rapper, who is in Vancouver shooting his movie "Bones"

(see "Snoop Dogg To Roll 'Bones,' Plans 'Greatest Hits' LP") was called back to Los Angeles for a family emergency the previous night.

A source close to Lee also told MTV News that Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst was tentatively scheduled to put in an surprise appearance, and he may still do so for future shows.

If you'd like to catch the Methods Of Mayhem men on their North American tour, here's where to find them:

  • 3/18 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
  • 3/20 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
  • 3/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
  • 3/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
  • 3/25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Alice Cooper'stown
  • 3/28 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live
  • 3/29 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
  • 3/31 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • 4/02 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
  • 4/03 - Minneapolis, MN @ Ground Zero
  • 4/05 - Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
  • 4/06 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
  • 4/08 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse

  • 4/10 - Boston, MA @ Axis
  • 4/12 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza