Wednesday, June 15, 2011

VIDEO: Inside Tommy Lee’s 360 vertical drum roller coaster

The Mötley Crüe summer US tour opened last week in Dallas and fans were treated to an all-out visual experience.

The band’s veteran production manager and set designer Robert Long describes the tour’s set design as “a hard-hitting Crüe rendition of a rock n’ roll burlesque theatre.” The entire stage is enveloped in red velvet drapery and includes a damask printed wall of guitar amps.

Among the highlights is Tommy Lee’s 360 vertical Drum Roller Coaster, which features Lee being launched into multiple vertical loops while continuing to perform.

“When I was little,” says Tommy, “I always thought ‘how cool would it be to put my drums on a track…on a roller coaster.’ I can’t even believe we actually, finally did it; it’s really been talked about and been thought about for a long time.”

Lee says he’ll pick one person out of the crowd each night to take them for a spin - literally and physically – on the coaster.

The Mötley Crüe /Poison/New York Dolls will play more than 40 shows throughout the summer; things wrap up August 17 in Chula Vista, California.

Mötley Crüe - Tommy Lee’s 360 vertical drum roller coaster

Mötley Crüe - Tommy Lee’s 360 drum solo

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