Tommy Lee And Mötley Crüe Parting Company

After 18 of the wildest years that rock has ever seen, Tommy Lee and Motley Crue are parting company.

The band's management confirms what Pamela Anderson told Los Angeles' KROQ radio on Thursday morning: that Tommy is leaving the band.

A statement released by the band on Thursday reads, "Tommy will not be touring with the band this summer on their 'Maximum Rock' amphitheater tour and has given notice to leave the group."

In his own words, Lee says, "I wish the guys all the best of luck this summer. I will miss them and the fans, but it's time for me to totally embrace my family and my new projects." According to numerous reports, Lee and his estranged wife Anderson have reunited after several months apart.

Speaking about Lee's decision, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx said, "We support Tommy in his decision to take some time off from touring and trust he will enjoy success in whatever he sets out to accomplish."

Sixx's statement makes Lee's move sound more like a

hiatus that an exit, but only time will tell.

The band plans to go ahead with its upcoming tour with the Scorpions, a trek that kicks off on July 29 in Columbia, Maryland. Management told MTV News that the band has its eye on former Guns N' Roses and Cult drummer Matt Sorum (who is currently with the Neurotic Outsiders) for the outing, but that a drummer has not yet been lined up.

Lee was a mere 18-years-old when Motley Crue formed in Los Angeles in 1981, but he quickly established himself as one of rock's most ferocious drummers (both on stage and off). As of late, Lee has been working on a side project (dubbed Methods of Mayhem) which sees the drummer team with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Kid Rock, the Crystal Method, Danny Lohner from Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys' DJ Mixmaster Mike, hed (pe)'s DJ Product, DJ Bobby B from Kottonmouth Kings, and the Wu-Tang Clan's U-God (see "Tommy Lee Taps Wu-Tang, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Others For Side Project").

Here's where Motley Crue will play its first-ever shows without Tommy Lee:

  • 6/29 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillon
  • 6/30 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
  • 7/2 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 7/3 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows
  • 7/6 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 7/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ E Center
  • 7/9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Star Lake
  • 7/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek
  • 7/11 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris
  • 7/13 - Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob
  • 7/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend
  • 7/16 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest Œ99
  • 7/17 - Chicago, IL @ The World
  • 7/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Alpine
  • 7/20 - Colorado Springs, CO @ World Arena
  • 7/21 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
  • 7/23 - Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
  • 7/24 - Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
  • 7/25 - Billings, MT @ Metra Park
  • 7/27 - Pocatello, ID @ Holt Arena
  • 7/28 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
  • 7/30 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
  • 7/31 - Seattle,

    WA @ The Gorge

  • 8/1 - Vancouver, Canada @ TBD
  • 8/3 - Reno, NV @ Reno Hilton Amphitheater
  • 8/4 - San Francisco, CA @ Concord Pavilion
  • 8/6 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheater
  • 8/7 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Gardens
  • 8/8 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
  • 8/10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
  • 8/11 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
  • 8/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
  • 8/14 - San Bernadino, CA @ Blockbuster Pavillion
  • 8/15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavillion
  • 8/17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
  • 8/18 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
  • 8/20 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex
  • 8/21 - San Antonio, TX @ TBD
  • 8/22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ TBD
  • 8/24 - Nashville, TN @ First American Music Center
  • 8/27 - Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
  • 8/28 - Little Rock, AR @ Riverfront Amphitheater
  • 8/29 - Houston, TX @ Woodlands