Since its opening last month, Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs has been packed on the weekends with tourists and locals checking out the live performances by The Edge, perusing the rock memorabilia or imbibing in the lobby bar.
This past Friday though, it was Tommy Lee, drummer for Mötley Crüe and former husband to Pam Anderson that brought in the crowd – and the funk.
Lee, who has tried his hand at a solo career and reality show star since his Mötley Crüe days is now trying his hand at the turntable and has partnered with DJ Aero.
The duo were mixing it up Friday underneath the lobby’s tower of speakers to a gyrating crowd.
The show was open to the public, but reserved for those 21 and older. As soon as people entered the hotel’s sliding doors, employees checked IDs and either handed them a white bracelet for those old enough to drink, or a blue one for those on a VIP guest list.
One guest even tried bribing an employee with a $100 bill if he gave up two VIP tickets. Despite the aggressive request, the employee said ‘no.’
The sunken seating area in the lobby referred to as the “pit” was transformed into a VIP area with complementary bottle service stations that allowed the privileged guests to mix their own cocktails while having the best seat in the house.
A lot of Mötley Crüe fans were there to sneak a peek at Lee, known for crazy stunts like drumming while spinning round and round.
About the craziest thing he did Friday was light up a cigarette and smoke during his set. Compared to his live Mötley Crüe performances though, I’m sure that slight indiscretion doesn’t compare.