Tommy Lee is chockablock with news about his love life and his band, as Mötley Crüe prepares to play Saturday at Red Rock Amphitheatre.
LOVE LIFE: Lee has been in a committed relationship with Greek-raised singer-choreographer Sofia Toufa for more than a year. She's worked with Deadmau5 and Avril Lavigne.
"She's the one, for sure," Lee tells me enthusiastically.
Lee is guarding further relationship details because he's "trying to keep my private life private," he says.
No doubt. I haven't seen a thing about their coupling in the gossip news. He's happy for that.
"Thank God," he says. "I can actually live somewhat of a normal life."
THE MOVIE: Mötley is trying to get a biopic made of the band's impolite history. The working title is "The Dirt" -- the same name as the 2001 group autobiography.
The band has partied to amazing degrees in Vegas, but the "Dirt" book lacked Vegas stories, other than the time in 1999 at McCarran airport when Vince Neil hit Lee and Lee hit him back, and when Lee and Pam Anderson argued at the Hard Rock's Joint.
Lee can't even think of a debaucherous Vegas memory off the top of his head.
"It's such a blur. But someone will remember, and we'll go, 'Oh yeah, we've gotta shoot that,' " he says. "There will be Vegas moments" in the movie.
A NIGHT AT THE PALMS: Lee does fondly remember winning $104,000 rolling craps at the Palms, with six or seven buddies, about five years ago.
Craps isn't his game. Blackjack is. But friends told him he's lucky ("you've got a horseshoe stuck in your ass"), and they made him roll for 47 minutes.
"The next thing we know, we're up in the hotel room, and security banged on the door. They thought that we cheated!"
Security asked whether he switched dice at the table because he reached for them with two hands, a no-no. Security checked video and cleared him.
He and his buds were slated to private-jet to L.A., so they didn't have time to invest winnings at strip clubs, he says.
"We tried to spend it. But we all walked out of there with a (load) of money," he says. "It was good times!"
"ROLLER COASTER DRUMS": On tour, Lee's drum set is lifted off the ground and spins 360 degrees in midair while he plays them. He's been giving one crowd member per show a ride on the "roller coaster."
"The audience loses its mind," he says.
The band has been selecting fans at random, but they'll start picking preshow contest winners.
"It becomes a little bit of an insurance issue, just yanking people from a crowd and throwing them up there."
MÖTLEY RELATIONS: The band -- famous for its share of destructive moments -- is getting along without incident, Lee reports.
"Everyone's having a blast. Everyone's in good spirits. We're just looking forward to having a sick-ass summer."
TRUE SEX STORY: Readers asked me to ask Lee whether a legendary story is true -- if Lee really went weeks without showering, long ago, to see how many women would dirty-do him.
"It's all true," he says, laughing. He went 25 days or so. "It's gross, dude. And what's even more disgusting is the girls didn't mind. That's the scary part."
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