Tommy Lee

kwolf68

Senior Member
I hated hair metal back in the 80s...still do. Posers, all of em. Fuzzbox on a guitar, dressing like chicks does not a metal band make.

That said, Motley Crue is the one band from that sad genre that I do like. I have never seen a band be so brilliantly crude and vulger as this flotsam. I can't believe ANY of them lived past the 1980s, let alone THEY ALL made it.

And their music and performance is good...it's not as candy-assed as much of their breathren.

Motley Crue in short...kicks ass.
 

EricScott

Junior Member
Hey Man,
I think any drummer worth his salt would know Tommy ain't no slouch. There are more technically sound drummers, but if you wanna rock, Tommy cat get it done. Great meter, never over plays, always plays for the song, flashy looks alright on stage and can kick butt if he needs to. What more can a band ask for? Who ever said anything bad about his abilities is clearly either a proghead, hates on the Crue or is just plain jealous!!!
Thanx,
Eric Scott
Old Pro
 

razorx

Platinum Member
Hey Man,
I think any drummer worth his salt would know Tommy ain't no slouch. There are more technically sound drummers, but if you wanna rock, Tommy cat get it done. Great meter, never over plays, always plays for the song, flashy looks alright on stage and can kick butt if he needs to. What more can a band ask for? Who ever said anything bad about his abilities is clearly either a proghead, hates on the Crue or is just plain jealous!!!
Thanx,
Eric Scott
Old Pro
So i got the new Cruefest Dvd. And i figured out how his bass drum is rigged up. Hes got the 40 placed INFRONT of the 22. It's not inside.
 

GNRFAN

Senior Member
I think the 40" bass drum looks very stupid, it hides most of Tommy because it is so huge, and the fact that it is placed infront of a 22" makes it even more pointless.

I'd like to just see him on a standard double or single kick set-up with no stupid props or anything, just let his talent shine and leave all the props for the stage or the rest of the band.

I don't get why he feels the need to have such elaborate props on his kit.
 
*****************ANYONE KNOW TOMMY'S FULL SPEC ON HIS 86' 87' GIRLS TOUR DRUM SET. I MEAN EXACT (DEPTH x DIAMETER) . LOOKS LIKE 12x12, 14x14 tom toms, 16x16, 16x18 floor toms, and maybe 18x24 or 22's bass drums. ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME!!! I LOVE THIS CONFIG, WANT TO GET THE SAME SET SET UP IN CHROME WITH RED CHROME HARDWARE. EMAIL ME DIRECT earforsound@hotmail.com ot CALL ME 571 228 0212. ***********************
 

Funky Crêpe

Silver Member
*****************ANYONE KNOW TOMMY'S FULL SPEC ON HIS 86' 87' GIRLS TOUR DRUM SET. I MEAN EXACT (DEPTH x DIAMETER) . LOOKS LIKE 12x12, 14x14 tom toms, 16x16, 16x18 floor toms, and maybe 18x24 or 22's bass drums. ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME!!! I LOVE THIS CONFIG, WANT TO GET THE SAME SET SET UP IN CHROME WITH RED CHROME HARDWARE. EMAIL ME DIRECT earforsound@hotmail.com ot CALL ME 571 228 0212. ***********************
no need for all the caps buddy, we all now know that you have a big.......:)
 

DrummerDevost

Junior Member
Can anyone help me with the tension specs that Tommy uses for his snare? I need to know the number that he torques his snare to??? Any help would be much appreciated Thanks
 
That's for sure!
He is a showman in all aspects as a drummer and lifestyle...Tommy is the type of "We do the bad boy boggie...bad is bad."
 

Spectron

Silver Member
TL is why I even got started drumming in the first place.

His grooves always have "cool" stamped all over them.

Plus he is a great performer and when you go to see a band live,
there better be something to see and Lee delivers in that arena,
and he looks like he is having a blast and that is the key

ever watched a live band that sounded great but they all just stood there motionless?

ever watched an ok sounding band that put on a great show?

Well that's what Lee is all about - putting on a great show
but the icing ont the cake is that Lee has some real talent
I think he just prefers heavy grooves - I bet he could get technical and
intricate if he wanted to.

In the end - it's about making music - I am getting tired of hearing people judge drummers by how technical or intricate or complicated they can get...when it's really about playing what fits the song and creating that "groove" that draws you in
and makes you want to move...tap you foot, bob your head....

And again - I compare Lee to Bonham in the groove factor

Lee to me is the Modern counterpart to Bonham
 
Tommy rings true and heavy.

A good example of it - is his performance on the albums "Too Fast For Love - Shout At The Devil - Theatre of Pain - Girls Girls Girls - Drx Feelgood." He's got a catchy feel above technique and plays for the song.

I think if you only focus on "Technique - nothing wrong with it at all"...you will sound like everybody else. You must have that - spicy feel bit - to sound different and interesting.
 

stitch

Senior Member
Don't get me wrong, i didn't say that he wasn't the most technical guy around in a negative way or as a critic!! I honestly think that Tommy is a powerful drummer. Big sound, great moves, great grooves and a good stage presence. But he don't get the recongnition. Gotta love Tommy :)
 
No worries mate! I understood your point. I agree Gotta Love Tommy and to recognize his drumming! :)

Don't get me wrong, i didn't say that he wasn't the most technical guy around in a negative way or as a critic!! I honestly think that Tommy is a powerful drummer. Big sound, great moves, great grooves and a good stage presence. But he don't get the recongnition. Gotta love Tommy :)
 

Naigewron

Platinum Member
So does anyone know anything about his new kit (sizes, heads, etc.) with exception that he went to Pearl?
26" kick
14", 16", 18" main toms, not sure about the rest

Not that his sizes matter much, since he's triggering his whole kit now. His kick and toms have the Pearl Epro trigger heads, while his gong bass and snare have another trigger installed.

The kit certainly looks great though:


 

Biscuit

Senior Member
That's the first time i've seen those pics. Nice kit.

I have no problem with Tommy personally. He's not the most technical drummer out there but what he does for Motley fits the music and for any band that's all that matters.
 

Naigewron

Platinum Member
Technical abilities doesn't make anyone a good drummer, they will only ever be useful if they help you play what's appropriate for what you're trying to say. Some genres and styles require insane chops, while others require simple and accurate grooves.

In Tommy's case, he's trying convey an attitude of fun, partying and enjoyment, and he has just the right techniques to do so. Showmanship, twirls, big movements, powerful grooves and a stage presence that many front men would envy him.
 

KarlCrafton

Platinum Member
*****************ANYONE KNOW TOMMY'S FULL SPEC ON HIS 86' 87' GIRLS TOUR DRUM SET. I MEAN EXACT (DEPTH x DIAMETER) . LOOKS LIKE 12x12, 14x14 tom toms, 16x16, 16x18 floor toms, and maybe 18x24 or 22's bass drums. ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME!!! I LOVE THIS CONFIG, WANT TO GET THE SAME SET SET UP IN CHROME WITH RED CHROME HARDWARE. EMAIL ME DIRECT earforsound@hotmail.com ot CALL ME 571 228 0212. ***********************
YOU HAVE THE TOMS RIGHT. THE BASS DRUMS WERE LISTED AS 20X24'S.

CAN'T REMEMBER THE SNARE ON THAT CHROME PEARL KIT.
THE WHITE T.O.P. SONOR KIT HAD A 12X15 SNARE THOUGH.
 
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