Tommy Lee is a showman and the band Motley Crue was known for their over-the-top antics. Lee employed many gimmicks during his days with Motley Crue at concerts. Some were visual like when his drum kit spun around on stage or was suspended in air over the crowd while his still played.
Presented is one of Tommy Lee’s used DW drum kits made May 21, 2008. This set was used in the studio and on stage and originates from his sister, Athena Lee. It’s a special set that showcases an earth based designed. All of the green with warm-earth toned continents and deep blue ocean are on display around the kit. Each drum has the company Collector’s Series medallion (logo) affixed. The kit in this collection includes a kick, snare, (2) toms and a standing tom. They are stamped with the date and codes in the interior – 747452, 749276 and 749276. Each has a different branded cover and each shows great use throughout – tape (for sound), stick hit marks etc. Also included is a photo match from Tommy Lee’s studio. The set is shown in the corner while a teacher is checking a different (red) set. See link for further information: https://drumset4u.wordpress.com/.
The DW company’s President Don Lombardi notes when he got into business with Lee, “One of the things that helped convince me that we might have a chance with the drums was when Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) came into the shop to have his pedals tuned up,” Don adds. “While he was waiting, he sat down at the set of drums John had in his office. He started playing and wouldn’t stop; he was amazed at how the drums sounded. A light then went on in my head that Tommy Lee represented a generation of drummers who hadn’t experienced handcrafted drums.
A short time later, Tommy bought a kit from us. That was March 7, 1989. I remember the date because it was such a big event that I made a photocopy of the check, which I still have to this day. He was endorsing another company at the time, but within a year, he became an official DW Drum endorser.”
With Tommy joining Jim Keltner, Chad Wackerman, Larrie Londin and other high-profile players, DW produced their first serious drum catalog and went to the January 1990 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show, hoping to interest a handful of their top pedal dealers to each take one drum kit.”