If there’s anyone who knows about making memories on the road, it’s Tommy Lee. When Lee, who’s touring right now with his dance-music partner DJ Aero, calls a tour “memorable,” you know it must have been special. That’s exactly what Lee says of the last few months on the road opening for Deadmau5. “We had a lot of good times, man. We definitely had a memorable several months,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I have to thank Joel for taking Aero and I out and giving us an opportunity to do what we do in front of his audience. It was really great for us.”
Fans can get a feel for the good times and camaraderie of the tour from this exclusive clip, filmed at the MID in Chicago, where Deadmau5 and singer SOFI make a cameo. “That was near the end, so that was a cap-off and everybody was in the mood to party,” Aero says.
The duo have more opportunities to create memories coming up, first on New Year’s Eve, when they share the stage with, among others, Crystal Method – old friends, says Lee – at a festival in Queenstown, New Zealand. The following weekend finds them spending January 6th-9th on the Holy Ship cruise, produced by the same people who do the HARD Festival. A dance-music cruise, it also features Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, Diplo, Soulwax and many more.
“The lineup on that show is crazy,” Aero says. “It’s like everybody who’s doing something right now.” Lee has no idea what to expect from four days out on the high seas with a bunch of dance-music fans and acts. “It’s pretty crazy. I’m a little scared, actually, and I’m fearless,” he says, laughing. “That is gonna be one hell of a fucking party, man.”
But it’s also a chance to spend a lot of time with some talented peers, and Lee and Aero hope to make the most of that opportunity. “The ultimate would be one big jam fest. That would be fucking awesome. We should all just do a track together in someone’s room, set up a couple of computers and have at it,” Lee says. “If we can’t get just an insane track together in three days, then we suck.”
After presumably taking some time to recover from those two weekends, the duo will be concentrating on getting an EP done in time for Winter Music Conference. “We got a bunch of tracks started,” says Aero. “We have one pretty much finished, ‘Party People.’ We’ve been playing that in our sets and that’s doing well. We got good ideas that are ready to go.”
“Yeah, we just need to get in and finish them up,” Lee adds.