'The Cruecifly' couldn't quite make it through that very last gig...
Tommy Lee had an eventful final show with Motley Crue on New Year’s Eve, with his rollercoaster-style drum set up failing in mid-air, leaving the drummer hanging upside down over his audience.
The elaborate drum set-up is dubbed ‘The Cruecifly’, and sees Lee positioned on a rollercoaster track on his drum platform. The drums are bolted to the platform, and Lee is swung upside down as he plays, so the audience can see his drumming in detail. When the platform malfunctioned on New Year’s Eve, Lee was upside down. The crew were eventually able to right the structure, and Lee climbed back to the stage to finish the show.
As crew members attempted to fix the structure, Lee said: “It looks like the rollercoaster is broken. Well, fuck the rollercoaster! Come on, guys, help. Come get me. I can’t believe this is happening on the last night. I knew something wasn’t right when I took off.”
Watch Lee’s set-up malfunction, and crew members climb up to do running repairs in an 11-minute fan-shot YouTube video below:
The show marks the conclusion of 34 years of the Motley Crue, who went through years of turmoil in the early part of the century, having formed way back in 1981. The band signed a legally binding agreement to stop playing together almost two years ago, and have toured extensively since, playing 164 dates on a world tour since heading out in July 2014.
The final show opened with Rodgers and Hammerstein song ‘So Long, Farewell’, and closed with Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, bracketing Crue classics and a cover of Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’.
You can see the final song of the final show via fanfootage below:
The full final show, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will be made into a DVD to be released later this year.