Here’s Exactly How Tommy Lee’s ‘Cruecifly’ Drum Kit Works
Tommy Lee’s “Cruecifly” drum stunt has been a highlight of Motley Crue’s “Final Tour.” A new article goes into detail about all of the aspects involved in putting it together, including the amount of technical planning involved, the runway lights and, naturally, Tommy’s kit.
Drummers Zone has the inside look, saying that the roller coaster was built by Show Group Production Services, a Las Vegas-based company that has worked with Motley Crue for 30 years. They quote owner Eric Pearce describing the difficulty in navigating the “Cruecifly,” saying that it took “about 20 hours of programming” to figure out how to control the individual speed of the four drive units as it works through the curves.
Lee’s drums went through a variety of tests and configurations based on a number of factors, including “width and length of the drums in proportion to the riser, weight distribution, playability and the reaction of the drums while upside down and traveling and Tommy's comfortably behind the kit.”
They even answer the question of why Lee's spare sticks don't fall out when he is upside-down. The reason is a specific type of holder called, fittingly, the Zero-G, that are mounted onto the kit and secure the sticks until he needs them.
The “Cruecifly” takes four hours to construct every night. It can only be performed in arenas where the roof is strong enough to hold it. For other venues, including sheds, a smaller version has been created.
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