MTLEY CRE's TOMMY LEE Talks Touring With POISON, '360' Drum Roller Coaster

Miriam Di Nunzio of the Chicago Sun-Times recently conducted an interview with MTLEY CRE drummer Tommy Lee. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Chicago Sun-Times: So what's it like to be on the road with POISON?

Tommy Lee: The tour's pretty new. On any big tour like this, you rarely see each other. You show up, play your stuff and then everybody jumps on their tour buses and goes. I think I finally talked to (POISON drummer) Rikki Rockett for the first time in two weeks and even then it was just like, "Hey, man."

Chicago Sun-Times: So there's no hangin' out together after the show partying?

Tommy Lee: Not at all. It's not like we're all on the same bus sleeping together in our jammies. After the gigs, I pretty much go to dance clubs and shit [laughing] and those guys ain't gonna go there. Ya know? My dressing room is the party room, so if they'd be anywhere after a show it's there. And they're not there.

Chicago Sun-Times: So what's it like to play the drums upside down on your 360-degree roller coaster setup?

Tommy Lee: There's so many great things about it and so many wrong things about it. I've loved roller coasters since I was a kid. So I was thinking one day if I could just get my drums on one of those fucking things. So we did it. Of course drums weren't meant to be played other than sitting on the ground. When you're upside-down your feet don't want to sit on the pedals. You're hitting upward instead of downward. It's a hell of a lot more difficult. My body will tell you that.

Chicago Sun-Times: Any motion sickness?

Tommy Lee: I had a few rehearsal days with it. It's really disorienting when you're up there. I just have a spot I focus on up in the lights and it's fine now.

Read the entire interview from the Chicago Sun-Times.

In other news, Lee was interviewed by Randi Rico of Cincinnati, Ohio's WLWT on June 26. You can now watch the chat at this location.

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