Dan Armonaitis of GoUpstate.com recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On whether he expected MÖTLEY CRÜE to last as long it has:
“I don’t ever, ever remember sitting around 20 or 25 years ago, saying, ‘We’re definitely going to be around.’ At that point, we were lucky if we even woke up the next day.”
On MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s current tour with fellow 1980s glam legends POISON and ’70s glam pioneers the NEW YORK DOLLS:
“It’s just been wicked, man. Everyone seems to be having a good time, and all the bands are playing great. It’s definitely one of the summer shows you don’t want to miss, that’s for sure.”
On his 360-degree drum roller coaster:
“It looks dope on YouTube and all, but it’s one of those things that you have to see in person. The crowd goes bananas. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, I grab somebody out of the audience, and the fans go even more ape (expletive) because one of them is up there riding with me.”
On the inspiration for the drum roller coaster, which goes back to when he attended concerts as a kid and it seemed that everyone would head toward the concourse for a bathroom break or to buy a beverage or merchandise when the drummer was doing a solo:
“All I know is they weren’t watching the drummer, and I was like, ‘This (stinks), man.’ That inspired me to build a riser that tilted up so that people were getting almost like a bird’s eye top view. I basically kind of Frankensteined this thing into the fans going, ‘What are you going to do next?’ And once you get on that ride, you better bring it bigger and badder every time. Now, I’ve got my drums strapped to a damn roller coaster. We’ve always taken the money we’ve made and put it right back into production to bring people a show that blows their (expletive) mind We could have just as easily put the money in our pockets, but we’re the kind of guys who love putting it back into the show.”
Read the entire interview at GoUpstate.com.