Would You Ride Motley Crue’s Roller Coaster Drum Set at Cheyenne Frontier Days?
Are you brave enough to take a ride on Tommy Lee's new roller coaster drum kit?
Motley Crue, the heavy metal band out of Los Angeles, hits Cheyenne Frontier Days tonight on their 30th Anniversary Tour. Lee has been inviting audience members to join him in a spin around his 360 degree drum set coaster. Their opening act, Sick Puppies, is a trio from Australia.
Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx founded the band in 1981 and were later joined by guitarist Mick Mars and singer Vince Neil. Their fifth release, Dr Feelgood, became the number 1 album in 1989 and stayed on the charts for 109 weeks. The band is currently writing new material for their next album.
"Kickstart My Heart" and "Dr Feelgood" were both nominated for Grammys in the Best Hard Rock Category. The album Dr Feelgood won an American Music Award in 1991.
On the origin of the band's name, Mars remembers he was playing in a band called White Horse and one of the other band members called the L.A. group "a motley looking crew." Later, supposedly while drinking the German beer Lowenbrau, Neil suggested adding two sets of metal umlauts over the O and U.
Other Motley Facts:
-In 1984, Neil was driving home from a liquor store when he was in a head-on collision; his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer "Razzle" Dingley, was killed. Neil was charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
-Sixx suffered a near-fatal heroin overdose in 1987 and was declared legally dead on the way to the hospital. According to reports, the medic was a Crue fan and gave him two shots of adrenaline to the heart bringing him back to life. His two minutes of death were the inspirations for the song "Kickstart My Heart" and the album Dr Feelgood.
The Australian trio opening for Motley Crue, Sick Puppies, consists of bassist Emma Anzai, guitarist Shimon Moore and drummer Mark Goodwin. Their third full-length album Tri-Polar came out in 2009.
Sick Puppies film debut came in 2009 as an up and coming band in the documentary "Rock Prophesies."