Tommy Lee, Gypsy Bar, March 1, 2007
Tommy Lee may be one of rock’s best-known drummers, but drumming isn’t really what he’s known best for. No, Tommy Lee’s best known for being Tommy Lee. It all started when he inadvertently co-starred in a very naughty videotape; now he’s the star of tommylee.tv. He played in the University of Nebraska marching band as part of an MTV reality-TV series. He designed a line of clothes based on his tattoos. He’s become an animal-rights activist, and a key member of a band built through another reality-TV show, Rock Star. He wrote about his adventures in Tommyland. And last Thursday, this hard-working man in the celebrity biz was at the Gypsy Bar to spin discs with his partner DJ Aero in what they’ve dubbed “big ass analog.”
The occasion was “Party like a Rock Star,” and it celebrated the Boston launch of P.I.N.K. vodka — the 80-proof, five-times-distilled spirit from Holland that has caffeine and guarana, so you can get two jolts at once. “There’s a new vodka coming out every day,” said the P.I.N.K. rep. “It’s all about lifestyle.” The target market? “Post-college kids who want status but will drink anything. We’re fighting for our share of the stomach.” A P.I.N.K. martini ran $12. Or you could buy a fifth for $30. The club encouraged the wearing of pink pajamas to gain access to Lee’s lair. Some ladies did wear pink, but it seemed anyone could roam anywhere, and as best I could tell no one got into Lee’s DJ booth.
The Gypsy Bar, at the old Pravda 116 location, was comfortably full with undulating bodies and pumped with propulsive high-octane party music. Lee, in a skull-and-crossbones T-shirt and a black cap pulled down over his face, remained in the booth, throwing his multi-tattoo’d arms in the air now and then so you could say, “Yep, sure looks like Tommy Lee.”
“It’s my second time here,” said Hugo Duran, one of a group of sailors just off the JFK aircraft carrier. “I like the atmosphere . . . ” Armando Billalta added, “A lot of the girls here are showing us the love.” Sky Matthews, dressed in a blue-and-white babydoll dress with eight-inch platform stilettos, was there because, as she put it, “I’m a novice drummer and I was raised on Mötley Crüe. I was kicked out of Christian camp for writing Mötley Crüe lyrics on the wall.”
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