Methods Of Mayhem Preps For Next LP; Crüe Dishes "The Dirt"

After enjoying some post-Ozzfest downtime, Tommy Lee is getting back to work on a new Methods Of Mayhem album.

The former Mötley Crüe drummer has been spending the last month writing new songs for the project, according to a post in his online journal at www.methodsofmayhem.com.

Lee had noted earlier that the band had been writing and recording on the tour bus while on the road. He now tells fans that construction of his new home studio, "Tommyland," is days away from completion, and he's about to start recording the project in earnest. Lee adds that the album, the follow-up to Methods of Mayhem's self-titled 1999 debut, can be expected in stores by February or March.

Lee also imparts that a MOM tour video, featuring live footage filmed over the summer, is in the editing stages and should be available early next year.

Meanwhile, his former Mötley Crüe bandmate

Nikki Sixx tells fans in an online post that the Crüe has been in the studio cutting a track titled "Nobody Knows What It's Like To Be Lonely" that will be packaged with the band's forthcoming autobiography, "The Dirt," due out next spring through the HarperCollins imprint ReganBooks.

The band will start touring Japan in early November, with Hole drummer Samantha Maloney still sitting in for Randy Castillo (see "Mötley Crüe Taps Hole's Maloney For Temp Drum Slot"). According to Sixx, the group is planning to return to the road in North America starting in February or March.