Mötley Crüe drummer and co-founder, Tommy Lee, was recently interviewed by Spotify’s ‘Rock This with Allison Hagendorf’ this week, and he talked about the 40th anniversary of forming Crüe as well as his excitement to get back on stage again.

As you may already know, Mötley Crüe was formed in Los Angeles by Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, lead singer Vince Neil and the drummer Tommy Lee himself. Right after releasing their second studio album named ‘Shout at the Devil’ in 1983, the band got the attention of the legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and became the opening act for The Prince of Darkness in 1984.

In his latest interview with Allison Hagendorf, Tommy admitted that Ozzy was the one who ignited the engine of Crüe, and stated that being the opener of Ozzy at ‘Bark At The Moon’ tour was catapulted the band once and for all. He also stated that he will always be grateful for Ozzy because of that chance.

Here is what he said:

“When Ozzy Osbourne took us out, that was the first time we got the opportunity to play in front of 18, 20 thousand people every single night in sold-out arenas. And we went from being this cool new band to. It literally catapulted our career. We were, like, ‘What is happening? This is insane.’

And we were just hanging on. It was that crazy. And I really believe that that tour — it was the ‘Bark At The Moon’ tour; I think that was around our ‘Shout At The Devil’ era time — and it just took off. So I’m always indebted and grateful to Ozzy for doing that, because that really launched us into some crazy shit.”

You can listen to the whole interview below.

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