Methods of Mayhem

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

Methods of Mayhem
Tommy Lee's Halloween Party at Club Medusa
Tommy Lee's Halloween Party at Club Medusa
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
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


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.

Lee announced that he is reforming Methods of Mayhem, and would start recording in March 2009. Rumors of new members such as drummer Will Hunt, guitarist J3, guitarist Phil X (who contributed to the first album), and the return of touring bassist Marty O'Brien circulated. While an official touring line-up has yet to be confirmed, it is known that each of these members have contributed to the latest 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. There was no bass player. Methods of Mayhem recently have been signed to Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records.

On April 2, 2019, it was announced Tommy Lee had resurrected the project and had plans to release a new album in April or May 2019.[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 membersEdit

Current membersEdit

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

Former membersEdit


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

Singles and EPsEdit

  • "Get Naked" (2000)
  • "New Skin" (2000)
  • "Fight Song" (2010)
  • "Time Bomb" (2010)


  1. ^ CATLIN, ROGER. "METHODS OF MAYHEM - METHODS OF MAYHEM". Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Tommy Lee Previewing Methods Of Mayhem Online". Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  3. ^ Crawford, Allyson B. (5 October 2009). "Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem Say No thanks to Hip-Hop This Time Around". Noisecreep. Retrieved 11 December 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 (1999-12-07). "Methods of Mayhem - Methods of Mayhem". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  7. ^ a b c Heaney, Gregory (2010-09-21). "A Public Disservice Announcement - Methods of Mayhem". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  8. ^ "Methods of Mayhem – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  9. ^ "Austrian Charts > Methods of Mayhem" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  10. ^ "Methods of Mayhem album chart positions in Germany". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  11. ^ "American certifications – "Methods of Mayhem"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-01-30.

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