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24 Aug

The Tour- Motley Crue & KISS

It’s not every day that one gets the chance to witness an event as astronomical as the current and ongoing Motley Crue and KISS joint excursion- “The Tour”. However, for those lucky fans that have the opportunity, and luck, to get tickets to one of the sold out stops of this momentous trek, they will witness an unprecedented live concert unlike any other. Recently, The Tour rolled through Los Angeles, where a sold out crowd of 18,000 were treated to an unforgettable live concert experience of historic proportions. Featuring 2 of rock’s most iconic bands, sharing the stage for 1 incredible night of unforgettable rock history, Motley Crue and KISS provided the heavy hitting, flame shooting, firework exploding, heart pounding, hard rock that has given each band their well deserved legendary status. Mixed in with countless hit songs and other fan favorites, the historical co-headliners each performed and provided an unforgettable live concert experience that will forever be ranked as one of the finest displays of Rock ever to be witnessed.

Upon entering the amphitheater and glancing at the stage, a certain sense of curiosity kicks in when one’s eyes land upon the giant rollercoaster loop that takes up half of the space. By now, most have seen the instantly-viral footage of the famed 360 Rollercoaster Kit, but one still can’t but wonder, “Is Tommy Lee crazy enough to actually ride that thing?”

Yep, he is.

Tommy Lee’s 360 Rollercoaster Kit has been the talk of every Motley Crue concert since its debut last summer, and for a very good reason. The dare-devil stunt that flips Tommy up, around, and down again, multiple times, while Tommy plays, raises the bar for every live concert stunt imaginable; with perfectly synchronized lighting and visual effects that blend flawlessly with Tommy’s upside down drumming antics. While flipping, Tommy converts his drums into a effects board of his very own, using the technology of Pearl’s E-Pro Live Drums to morph his kit from the signature Motley Crue drum tones heard throughout their many multi-platinum selling albums, to a modern day mix of various effects that accentuate the bass-heavy tracks that he plays along to. Tommy’s E-Pro setup is as follows:

E-Pro Live-

26x16- bass drum (acoustic)
10x4- rack tom (x2- on right)
14x14- rack tom
16x16- floor tom (on left)
16x16- floor tom (x2- on right)
20x14- gong drum (acoustic)
14x6.5- Free Floating snare drum (maple)

In part to the ground-breaking and innovative technology behind Pearl’s E-Pro Live Drums, combined with the almost-psychotic vision of Tommy Lee, the 360 Rollercoaster Kit has become a spectacular stunt that demands to be witnessed. To find out more about Tommy Lee and Motley Crue’s whereabouts, and for more information on The Tour, please be sure to visit Motley Crue’s official website- Also be sure to check the remaining dates of The Tour, which can be found below.


Shortly after the dust settled from the pandemonium that had taken place during Motley Crue’s set, a black curtain fell over the stage boldly displaying 4 letters which created an instant uproar throughout the amphitheater crowd- “KISS”. As the house lights dimmed, the KISS Army heard the voice and words that they had long waited for, the traditional and official announcement to KISS’s highly anticipated return to the stage: “You wanted the best; you got the best! The hottest band in the world- KISS!!”

As the booming announcement rung out, the curtain dropped, and KISS’s pyro-heavy set kicked off with a series of mass of explosions that sent the crowd into an immediate frenzy. As the band launched into their first of many hit songs of the night, the band mesmerized the packed house with their signature theatrics that awed and amazed the crowd from start to finish. Amidst the shooting flames and bursting fireworks sat/stood KISS drummer, and Pearl artist, Eric Singer, who continually entertained the crowd with his stellar drumming and endless supply of stick flips and tricks. Although it’s hard to top Tommy Lee and his 360 Rollercoaster Kit, Eric Singer, and his new “Mirror Ball” Masters MCX drum kit, did just that. A mass of mirrored beauty, Eric’s latest kit instilled the look and flash of KISS, complete with specific customizations specifically designed for Eric. Eric’s full setup is as follows:

Masters MCX: “The Mirror Ball Kit”

24x15- bass drum (x2)
8x7- rack tom
10x8- rack tom
12x8- rack tom
13x8.5- rack tom
14x14- floor tom
16x16- floor tom
18x16- floor tom
14x6.5- Sensitone Elite snare drum (steel)

The full tones of Eric’s Masters MCX “Mirror Ball kit” offer a distinct warmth and depth, in part to the 6-ply, all-maple shells. For added resonation and strength however, Eric installed a pair of Pearl’s 1.6mm Fat Tone Hoops to each drum on this kit, a low-mass rim with a hemmed-edge most commonly found on Pearl’s thin-shelled Reference Pure line.

For more information on Eric Singer, and KISS, please be sure to visit them online, via their official website- Also be sure to pick up a copy of their new album, Monster, which is scheduled to hit the shelves this October!

KISS & Motley Crue: The Tour (remaining dates)

Aug 24: Grand Junction, CO - Rock Jam
Aug 26: Tulsa, OK - BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)
Aug 27: Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 29: Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)
Aug 31: Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend MusicCenter
Sep 1: Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Sep 2: Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagra Pavilion
Sep 4: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Sep 5: Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 7: Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 8: East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sep 11: Allegan, MI - Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)
Sep 12: Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Sep 13: Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 15: Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep 16: Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
Sep 18: Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 19: Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Sep 21: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 22: Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 23: Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre