March 19, 2013 Patrick DeCoste

Playing With Tommy Lee, Well Kinda – But Not Really…

Back in 2009, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee asked the public to help out with his latest side project, A Public Disservice Announcement, by Methods of Mayhem.  Using ThePublicRecord.com as it’s forum, Lee posted demos (ie “stems”) which users could then download, record off of and re-submit with their additions.  I didn’t get into the game until it was almost over but did lay down guitar parts for 2 songs: “Drunk Uncle Pete” & “Rise Up”.

There was some controversy about the album.  American music industry figure/ blogger and part-time ruffler of the feathers to artists such as Kid Rock and Gene Simmons, Bob Lefsetz, took to the web stating Lee was doing it for the money and as a drummer, he was using the public to write the songs for him.  Lee shot back stating everything was freely made available, most parts were already written and wished some of his favorite bands did the same when he was starting out.  Read the whole exchange on Lee’s MySpace page.

Knowing my parts were unlikely to be selected in this worldwide competition, I still submitted my version of “Drunk Uncle Pete”.  All the guitar parts were based on the skeleton tracks made available to everyone.  Some examples were posted on YouTube and others via their personal websites.  Here is my submission – it’s me, Tommy, bass & vocals:

Rise Up” did not appear on the album listing and I don’t know why it was left off.  My parts ranged from Rage Against The Machine riffing to Joe Satriani soloing.  I really dug what I recorded.  There was no bass – just me, Tommy and background vocals.  Enjoy!

As the September release date neared, it was revealed that the winners would find out upon the CD’s release.  In a promotional TV interview, Tommy mentioned those chosen would find out after buying his CD and seeing their name(s) in the linear notes.  Well played, Mr. Lee.  Regardless, it was a great experience and am grateful for the opportunity.

If anyone has this CD and sees my name in the credits, please email me!  Until then, I congratulate those selected and hope something like this comes around again.

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