In an interview with USA Today, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee talked about his relationship with the late pop music icon Prince and revealed a rarely-known fact about his engagement to Prince’s ex-wife back in the days.
As you may know, the legendary musician Prince sadly passed away in 2016 while he was only 57 years old. He was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios, Minnesota. The cause of Prince’s death revealed as an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, a powerful opioid.
Recently, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee joined a conversation with USA Today and talked about the time he met Prince while he was rehearsing with the band in a studio next to his. Lee mentioned that he actually poked his head out the door constantly so that he could see Prince coming out and meet him.
Here’s how Tommy Lee met Prince for the first time:
“I’ve met him twice. Once, Mötley Crüe was rehearsing in studio A and we heard Prince was rehearsing in studio B. I’m such a massive Prince fan, so I was like, ‘I’m just gonna keep poking my head out the door, hopefully, to catch him coming in and say hello.‘
And I did. He was with this massive security guard who must’ve been 8 feet tall, and here’s Prince who’s much shorter, even with high heels on. I did everything in my power, not to fanboy, but it was awesome.”
Furthermore, during the interview, Tommy Lee revealed that he was actually engaged to Mayte Garcia, who was married to Prince for four years until their divorce in 2000. Lee stated that they had a conversation about the interesting coincidence later when they came across at a club and continued:
“I met him again at a club a couple of years later. Then, the weirdest thing ever: I was engaged to his ex-wife at some point. Talk about some weird full-circle strangeness.”
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