Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Mick Mars have solo projects on the way

Two members of Motley Crue are currently working on solo albums, and they've spilled the beans on what they're doing to Billboard.

Guitarist Mick Mars has been talking about a solo project for what seems like decades, but hasn't released one yet. He says he hopes to get this one, which he's working on in Nashville with producer Michael Wagener, out in early 2020.

Mars describes it as, "Not like today's music, which to me is pretty much pop metal and more growly guys." Instead, he's "searching for something that's just a little different than that." He wants to avoid what he calls "living in '85," and says that while it's hard to do, he's been trying to "reinvent" himself and his songwriting approach. He jokes that he hopes he won't "lose too many fans."

Mars isn't a singer, but says he's found a good one with "a lot of different voices...I go, 'I want this kind of voice here,' and he'll pull it straight off." He won't give the vocalist's full name, but will say his first name is Jacob.

As for drummer Tommy Lee, he says he's spent the last couple of years working on a stylistically diverse album that he's thinking about calling Trans Genres, "because one side is all female energy and the other side of the record is all male." He calls it a "labor of love" and plans to release it around next March.

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