Elektra Records decided to sign the band shortly thereafter, reissuing their debut in 1982.The band then began a string of hit releases throughout the decade—1983's Shout at the Devil, 1985's Theatre of Pain, 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls, and 1989's Dr.
They played 81 shows and grossed Lee came back once with Motley Crüe to go on the Crüe's Greatest Hits tour in 1999.
With the popularity of rap metal, Lee formed a band called Methods of Mayhem.
Around this time, he met future bandmate, Nikki Sixx.
Casually, Sixx was forming a theatrical band that would specialise in anthemic heavy metal, and was impressed by Lee's drumming.
In August 2002, Tommy Lee and his solo band joined Ozzfest, mainstage.
In 2006, he formed a new band called Rock Star Supernova with Jason Newsted (Voivod, ex-Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses).
At this time, he changed his name to Tommy Lee and earned the nickname "T-bone" due to his 6′ 2½″ height and his lean physique.
Shortly afterwards, guitarist Mick Mars joined the band.
In 2004, Lee reunited with the original Mötley Crüe line-up to release the double-disc anthology album entitled Red, White & Crüe, which went quadruple-platinum and launched a monumental reunion tour to support it, The Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead, the band's first tour in six years.
They finished the year at #8 on the Top Concert Money Earners list.
In addition to Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Lee has made guest appearances on albums by other artists, such as Stuart Hamm, Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie.