Mötley Crüe Names New Drummer For Maximum Rock Tour

Mötley Crüe has officially announced to MTV News that Randy Castillo, drummer of choice for Ozzy Osbourne during the late '80s and early '90s, will replace the departed Tommy Lee on the band's upcoming Maximum Rock tour with the Scorpions.

Castillo is a long-time friend of Mötley Crüe, and played with Vince Neil during his brief separation from the group. Castillo has also worked with Lita Ford, and appeared behind the drumkit during a few Ozzy shows just last year.

Even though Castillo has yet to be named as Lee's permanent replacement in the Crue, bassist Nikki Sixx told MTV that the group was excited to have one of its old comrades sign on for the upcoming tour.

"We're very fortunate to have the [chance] to play with somebody of Randy's playing ability," Sixx said. "He's a really cool guy. He's played with the best guys there are in the industry and he's a pro. I'm looking

forward to the new injection of energy in the band right now." [RealAudio]

Sixx also said that he was very supportive and understood Tommy Lee's recent decision to leave the group (see "Tommy Lee And Mötley Crüe Parting Company") in order to pursue other musical projects, as well as spend more time with his family.

Mötley Crüe and the Scorpions' Maximum Rock tour will kick off on June 29 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.