Tommy Lee’s disastrous rollercoaster ride was caught on video, and watching the Mötley Crüe drummer deal with his upside down situation is quite revealing. The steel rollercoaster on which Lee performs high above the stage has the drummer and his drum kit strapped to a platform that is supposed to turn 360 degrees.
As reported by A.V. Club’s Newswire on January 4, Lee’s rollercoaster didn’t want to make that 360-degree turn during Mötley Crüe’s final show at LA’s Staples Center on New Year’s Eve and Lee got stuck – leaving him and his drum kit hanging upside down.
The video of Lee’s reaction and quite expletive comments to being stuck and hanging upside down “might be the most expletive filled clip to hit the net in years,” writes Artist Direct. Referring back to a 2014 incident when Lee was also stuck upside down on a rollercoaster at a show in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he described the experience as the following:
“I was up there a long time — a little over a minute — and that’s not cool when you’re playing upside-down and all the blood is rushing to your head. The thing is, nobody knew anything was wrong but I felt like I was going to f—ing pass out and my head was going to explode. I just kept going until somebody fixed it and it came back down again. In case the thing gets seriously stuck, we have a plan B escape route. There are a couple guys that can get to me and get me out, but thank God we didn’t have to use that.”
Tommy Lee says that this time he knew something wasn’t right with the rollercoaster and sure enough, when it got stuck halfway through the ride, leaving him and his drummer platform hanging upside down, he was prepared – at least for the first 30 seconds. “I’m having the best time of my life, until right now,” Lee shouted to the crowd. Apparently, drumming upside down isn’t as easy as it might seem.
After a few minutes of entertaining his audience, Lee realized that this rollercoaster wasn’t going to budge and that he needed help. “Well, (expletive) the rollercoaster! Come on, guys, help. Come get me. I can’t believe this is happening on the last night.” After two technicians came to Tommy Lee’s rescue and brought the rollercoaster with the Mötley Crüe drummer down, the crowd cheered, “Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.”