Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was drinking gallons of vodka every day last year — so much that his new bride was afraid she’d wake up to find him dead.
“I didn’t notice it until towards the end of it, when I was like, ‘Oh dude, I’ve got to stop,’” the 58-year-old rocker told Yahoo Entertainment ahead of the release of his new album, “Andro.”
He said he realized his behavior was “f–king insane.”
“Like, I was drinking just out of boredom. I would just wake up and be just building [a glass with] just all vodka and just a little eyedropper of cranberry or lemonade. I was drinking two gallons — not pints, not quarts, but gallons, the big-handles — a day. That’s f–king crazy,” he said in the video interview from his basement studio.
Lee said he had been sober for four years before he began the bender.
“I just realized, ‘Whoa dude, you’re drinking enough to like, you could probably die.’”
His wife, social media star Brittany Furlan, 34, also feared for his health. She urged him to seek professional help.
“She was like, ‘Baby, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen anybody drink that much. Like, you’re kind of scaring me,” Lee said of the woman he married on Valentine’s Day 2019. “She was definitely concerned, and her concern obviously helped in my decision to just go get outta here,” he said, referring to checking himself into rehab “I bailed for over a month and just was like, ‘That’s it, I’m done for a while.’”
Lee said he had no lasting health effects from the drinking or the myriad other substances he’s abused over the years.
He’s spent much of the last year working on his new album, which features a host of boldfaced names, from Post Malone to rising rappers Killvein, Push Push and his former “Supernova” castmate Lukas Rossi. The record features industrial, rap-metal, glam-pop and traditional rock sounds.
Motley Crue had to postpone its reunion tour because of the coronavirus but plans to be back on the road in 2021.