Mention 'rollercoaster drum set,' and of course, the first name that comes up is Tommy Lee. But this gigantic accomplishment of rhythmic showmanship may be casting a deep shadow on the true creator.
Last last week, engineer Scott King filed legal papers in LA Superior Court alleging that Lee stole his idea. Apparently King approached Lee with the concept back in 1991, though Tommy's camp says no such meeting took place. King is seeking damages north of $400,000.
Lee's lawyers also question whether the idea itself was properly protected, while pointing to major differences between the plans. King's concept was not a circle, but instead a mini-rollercoaster that snaked around the stage. The implemented version features a vertically-intensive ring.
And for those that think rollercoaster drumming is easy, Tommy Lee described the extreme challenges last year.
Visitor Saturday, September 29, 2012
Wait a minute. WTF?
Who is that behind Tommy Lee in the picture where he looks like he is at about the 3 o'clock position?
Does he make his drum tech spin around with him in case something goes wrong?
paul Saturday, September 29, 2012
I was thinking the same thing, but I'm pretty sure that's a guest from the crowd. I watched video of a recent performance, and there's a dedicated part of the show in which Tommy showcases the rollercoaster drumset. Then, part two of that involves crowd participation.