Happy Birthday today (Oct. 3) to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. He’s 55. Other rockers celebrating include guitarist Frank Hannon of Tesla (51), Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac (68), and singer Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust (45).

Motley Crue was founded by Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx in 1980, and later, they would be joined by guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil. The band released their self-recorded debut Too Fast For Love in 1981 on their own label and would re-release the album after signing with Elektra Records. They released their breakthrough album Shout at The Devil in 1983, followed by Theater of Pain in 1985, Girls, Girls, Girls in 1987, and Dr. Feelgood in 1989. Dr. Feelgood would become Motley Crue’s most successful album spending 114 weeks on the charts and selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. The compilation Decade of Decadence was released in 1991. Many other releases would follow with a Farewell tour being announced in January of 2014. They played their final live show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2015. I was fortunate to catch Motley Crue on several occasions on the band’s farewell tour, and it’s a shame that we’ll never see the band perform together again. In addition to Motley Crue, Tommy Lee also founded the rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem and he has also been  involved with various other solo projects. Cheers to a rockin drummer, Tommy Lee on his birthday today!

For more on Tommy Lee, check out his official website here.

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