Tommy Lee’s Cruecifly Kit: Because When You’re Upside Down, 60 Feet in the Air, Acoustic Drums Won’t Cut it

It’s not something I’d previously given a lot of thought to, because “how can I get the best possible drum tone while my drumset is upside down and traversing an amphitheater” is not a question asked by a sane person. So I guess it’s hats off to Tommy Lee for venturing where we do not, but gravity will likely take care of pulling the hat off for us.

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The solution to the “real drums weren’t really meant to flip around and shit” problem is to use an electronic kit, specifically Pearl’s E-Pro Live model. I never would have known that they weren’t acoustic drums by the look. You’d think that it shouldn’t matter, that we’re not so shallow as to care about such things, but a lot of us have grown up used to our instruments looking a certain way dagnabbit. And that certain way is not “just like a Duran Duran video.”

Here’s a short clip of Tommy Lee testing out the drum aerospace vehicle’s lighting rig for Motley Crue’s live show. The kick positioning is a little odd, but it’s likely a necessity to properly secure it to the rotating platform.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.