MOTLEY CRUE drummer TOMMY LEE would like his fans to know two things: He LOVES you . . . but NO, he won't take a picture with you. Seriously. So stop askin'.
--Tommy explained his rationale in a long post on the band's Facebook page.
--Basically it boils down to this: He says, quote, "I [effing] LOVE my fans! . . . What I have a problem with is: Taking pictures! I hate it! [It] irritates the [eff] out of me when people say 'You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are.'
--"I certainly don't owe anybody anything! When I bought all my LED ZEPPELIN records and concert tickets, I didn't say, 'One day these [effers] are gonna owe me a picture. It's the least they can do for me!'
--"What the [eff], people? I'm not here to take pictures with you, I'm here to entertain you! Nobody put me where I am but ME! . . . What I do owe myself and others is being THE BEST I can be!
--"People do we really need a silly picture? For what bragging rights? Really? Who [effing] cares!" (--You can read the whole thing on the band's Facebook page.)
(--He's right. A celebrity owes it to fans not to be an A-HOLE to them when they run into them . . . but they shouldn't feel obliged to do things like taking pictures and signing stuff, as some sort of payback for their fandom.)
(--Still, this is a brave thing to come out and say. It helps that his fan base is pretty settled in at this point. Newer celebrities like JUSTIN BIEBER, TAYLOR SWIFT or ROBERT PATTINSON probably couldn't get away with saying that.)