Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan) is in a band in “Pam and Tommy”, but what band is it, and where did it take Lee’s real-life music career next? Pam and Tommy aired on Hulu on February 2, 2022, with a three-episode run. The program is based on Amanda Chicago Lewis’ 2014 Rolling Stone article “Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Sex Tape,” which tells the true story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s infamous sex tape, which was posted on the internet in the mid-90s. After their Cancun wedding, the couple created the 54-minute movie for themselves, but it was stolen by a contractor working on repairs in their Malibu house and sold on the internet as revenge porn. Rand Gauthier, a contractor for Seth Rogen, released the tape with the help of pornographer Milton “Uncle Milty” Ingley (Nick Offerman). Despite the fact that the deed was clearly unlawful, Gauthier was never held entirely responsible for his acts.
The first three episodes of this short-lived series focus on introducing the three main characters. Stan is able to represent Lee in all of his brash rock star grandeur, complete with a two-minute penis chat. The first two episodes see Lee hanging out with musician pals Zakk (Sam Meader) and Ace (Zack Gold), while “Pam and Tommy” episode three features Lee viewing a depressing Behind the Music episode about Mötley Crüe. The “Pam and Tommy” cast members to go to considerable measures to correctly reflect the show’s real-life figures. Despite Lily James’ best efforts to reach Pamela Anderson, Sebastian Stan’s Tommy Lee is said to be quite similar to the actual Tommy Lee. He is the only one of the former pair who provided clearance for Hulu’s show.
During the events depicted in “Pam and Tommy”, Tommy Lee was truly a member of a band. Lee is best known as the drummer and co-founder of Mötley Crüe, one of the most popular hard rock and hair metal bands of the 1980s. Mötley Crüe was going through a hard patch at the time of “Pam and Tommy’s” adventures, thanks to the burgeoning popularity of the grunge and alternative music, as indicated by Pam and Tommy’s varied soundtrack. As Stan’s performance demonstrates, Lee was experiencing a period of stagnation at the time due to the fading popularity of hair metal. During Mötley Crüe’s sabbatical in 1999, he established the nu-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and in 2006, he formed the short-lived rock band Rock Star Supernova. Lee has had a solo career, collaborating with artists such as Rob Zombie and Nine Inch Nails. Mötley Crüe later reformed and performed infrequently over the years, with Tommy Lee reuniting with them in 1999 for Crüe’s Greatest Hits, and again in 2004 for the quadruple-platinum anthology album Red, White & Crüe.
In upcoming episodes, “Pam and Tommy” are slated to perform Mötley Crüe, with Paul Guzman portraying Vince Neil, Iker Amaya portraying Nikki Sixx, and Chris Mann portraying lead guitarist Mick Mars. In terms of Lee’s friends on the show, neither Mötley Crüe nor Methods of Mayhem have musicians named Zakk or Ace, and neither of the characters has any resemblance to guitarist Zakk Wylde or KISS’s Ace Frehley. Furthermore, no sources give the characters’ last names, implying that they are based on real persons.
“Pam and Tommy” are mainly accurate to the real-life events that occurred, with some plot modifications and artistic liberties used. Tommy Lee was an integral part of Mötley Crüe from the beginning, having co-founded the band with Sixx in 1981 and releasing songs including “Kickstart My Heart,” “Dr. Feelgood,” and “Shout at the Devil.” With Pam and Tommy focused on Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s lifestyles, it’s only logical that Lee’s music career would make an appearance on the show.