Tommy Lee U
So this weekend, my brother vin along with pals john A and matt K went to see Motley Crue's "Carnival of Sins" tour. It was a sweltering day in New Jersey and the evening started with our tailgate consuming cold beers and "smurf piss" - a vodka and lemonade concoction that is blue - hence the name. After each of us dunked our skulls into the cooler filled with melting ice, we headed to out 21st row seats.
The show was just about what you'd expect it to be - loud and obnoxious. I haven't heard that many "mother f-er's" since the last Tarantino flick and I wondered what the parents in the crowd thought including the alterna-family a few rows in front of us with a little girl that couldn't be more than four. It wasn't the best or worst show I've seen, but I've scratched the Crue of the "need-to-see" list.
I was looking forward to a Tommy Lee drum solo (I am a drummer) but Mr. Lee used his alloted stage time to encourage ladies in the audience to expose themselves via live camera link-up to the 17,000 plus in attendance. Now, I'm not complaining, but I would rather have seen a drum solo.
Which brings us to my new favorite show, "Tommy Lee Goes to College". The "Jersey Girls Gone Wild" incident proved to me why Tommy Lee is the perfect candidate for any and all reality programming. He is the quintessential man-child, forsaking all responsibility and notions of growing up for the next party, strip-club or late night Playstation marathon.
The show itself has more contrived set-ups than can be counted, for instance, the "pretend" blank stares by fellow students when Tommy is waiting to see the University Chancellor. The producers set him up with a likable roommate and a beautiful tutor, one who will certainly test his focus and libido. Nebraska University, no doubt agreed to the show for the publicity and it seems a University-wide memo has been circulated to agree to the show's set-ups with a wink and a nod.
Nonetheless, it is pretty funny watching the extremely inked and pierced rocker stumbling late into class and nodding off. The show probably has more footage of Tommy's blank stares than it know what to do with (a DVD bonus extra, perhaps?). I like Tommy's meetings with his student advisor and Physics professor, Dr. Gay, who feels the need to drop an "f-bomb" while talking with our hero. He probably will have to explain to University officials that he just got caught up in the moment.
I would imagine this experiment lasted no longer than a few weeks, but what a fun few weeks it must have been to be a Cornhusker!
vin B. does the dunk before the Crue show