Kid Rock and Tommy Lee’s Infamous Fistfight Wasn’t Actually About Pamela Anderson

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards were memorable for several reasons, such as Britney Spears‘ “comeback” performance of “Gimme More.” Off-stage, tensions between rockstars Kid Rock and Tommy Lee came to a head in an infamous brawl that one of them believed was a long time coming.

Kid Rock performing on November 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
Kid Rock performing on November 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

Kid Rock and Tommy Lee have 1 thing in common

Both notable musicians in their own right, Kid Rock and Tommy Lee have had long and winding roads to success. Along the way, they both found love and married the woman of their dreams. In this case, it was the same person: Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.

In the 1990s, Lee and Anderson got married after a whirlwind romance of just four days. After their island honeymoon, they made waves after a sex tape of them on vacation was leaked to the press. The two split in 1998 after three years of marriage. 

Anderson’s second marriage was to another rocker. She married Kid Rock in 2006 but spent just four months together: Kid Rock filed for divorce in November 2006, just a few weeks after Anderson had had a miscarriage.

Film and television star Pamela Anderson during an interview with the German Press Agency | Paul Zinken/Getty Images
Film and television star Pamela Anderson during an interview with the German Press Agency | Paul Zinken/Getty Images

Kid Rock and Tommy Lee’s tension boiled over at an awards show

At the 2007 MTV VMAs, the two rockstars had their long-awaited confrontation while seated in the audience. Rock approached Lee and hit him squarely in the face, and the two break out into a fight during Alicia Keys’ performance that is eventually broken up by security.

In an interview on KROQ radio’s The Kevin & Bean Show, Rock explained why he threw the first punch. “It’s been going on for five years,” he said of their strained relationship. “I did what any man would do, any man across the country, across the world would do.” 

“It kills me just to be associated with, to have my name in a sentence with him,” Rock added. “It honestly destroys me.”

Rock went on to describe his last experience with the Mötley Crüe drummer before their infamous brawl. “Last contact I had with him was when me and Pam were going through our divorce,” he recalled. “He picked up her BlackBerry and started e-mailing me a lot of horrendous things. It was extremely disrespectful.”

Tommy Lee speaks during a press conference at SiriusXM Studios on December 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM
Tommy Lee speaks during a press conference at SiriusXM Studios on December 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM

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Pamela Anderson’s role in Kid Rock and Tommy Lee’s fight

Lee described the encounter in a post on his website. “Here I am minding my own biz [when] I get a tap on the shoulder from Kid Pebble,” he recounted. “I stand up and embrace him with a semi-hug and say ‘Hey dude… What up??’ He punches me in the face… Well if ya wanna call it that!?” He added that the punch was “more like a b*tch slap.”

Rock clarified in his radio interview that the beef with Lee has nothing to do with Anderson. “It has the farthest thing to do from that,” he said. He did, however, acknowledge that it was “a bad career move to get involved with her because your life becomes a circus,” adding that “what she wants is media attention.”

Anderson brushed everything off and shared her thoughts in a personal post on her website. “Funny how things reveal themselves,” she said snarkily. “I’m happy I have my wonderful children and great friends and lovers. Life is good… I’m still living the dream.”