Methods of Mayhem

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Methods of Mayhem
Tommy Lee in 2005
Tommy Lee in 2005
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active
  • 1999–2000
  • 2009–2011
  • 2019–present
Associated acts
MembersTommy Lee
John Allen III
DJ Aero
Marty O'Brien
Morgan Rose
Past membersTiLo
Chris Chaney
Will Hunt
Stephen Perkins
Mix Master Mike
Kai Marcus

Methods of Mayhem is an American rap metal band formed in 1999 by Tommy Lee, who had temporarily quit his position as Mötley Crüe's drummer.


Lee formed Methods of Mayhem on the eve of his divorce from Pamela Anderson. Their first self-titled album was released in late 1999 and went on to be certified gold. The album featured appearances by Fred Durst, Crystal Method, U-God, Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, George Clinton and Mix Master Mike. "It's pretty good for what it is…" Nikki Sixx conceded in 2000. "I guess you'd call it rap-rock."[4] The band disbanded in September 2000.

In March 2009, Lee announced that he was reforming Methods of Mayhem and would start recording new music. Drummer Will Hunt, guitarist J3, guitarist Phil X (who contributed to the first album), and touring bassist Marty O'Brien contributed to the sophomore album. A live performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno saw Morgan Rose (of Sevendust) playing drums, DJ Aero on turntables, J3 on guitar and vocals, and Lee on vocals and guitar. No bass player was on stage during the performance. Methods of Mayhem later signed to Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records.

On April 2, 2019, it was announced that Lee had resurrected the project and had plans to release a new album in the future.[5]


The band's self-titled debut featured a rap metal style,[6] while A Public Disservice Announcement was more varied in style, covering genres such as rap rock,[7] nu metal[7] and dance-rock.[7]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Tommy Lee – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, drums (1999–2000, 2009–2011, 2019-present)
  • DJ Aero – turntables, electronics (1999–2000, 2009–2011, 2019-present)
  • Marty O'Brien – bass(2000, 2010–2011, 2019-present), synthesizer, backing vocals (2010–2011, 2019-present)
  • John "J3" Allen III – lead guitar, co-lead vocals (2009–2011, 2019-present)
  • Morgan Rose – drums (2010–2011, 2019-present)

Former members



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
1999 Methods of Mayhem
  • Released: December 7, 1999
  • Label: MCA
71 32 93
2010 A Public Disservice Announcement 153


  • "Get Naked" (1999)
  • "New Skin" (1999)
  • "Fight Song" (2010)
  • "Time Bomb" (2010)


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  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Tommy Lee Previewing Methods Of Mayhem Online". Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Crawford, Allyson B. (October 5, 2009). "Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem Say No thanks to Hip-Hop This Time Around". Noisecreep. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Ling, Dave (March 2000). "We are lüdicröus!". Classic Rock #12. p. 48.
  5. ^ "Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem Returns After Nine Years". Loudwire. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Huey, Steve (December 7, 1999). "Methods of Mayhem - Methods of Mayhem". AllMusic. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c Heaney, Gregory (September 21, 2010). "A Public Disservice Announcement - Methods of Mayhem". AllMusic. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Methods of Mayhem – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  9. ^ "Austrian Charts > Methods of Mayhem" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Methods of Mayhem album chart positions in Germany". Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "American certifications – "Methods of Mayhem"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 30, 2014.

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