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Tommy Lee

Legal Threats Over

Roller Coaster Drum Stunt

8/16/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tommy Lee
STOLE the idea behind his awesome upside-down rollercoaster drum solo thing -- so says an engineer from L.A., who claims he pitched the idea for the concert stunt back in 1991 ... and Lee ripped him off.

The engineer -- a guy named Scott King -- fired off a legal letter to Motley Crue's lawyers recently, claiming Lee turned down his pitch 20 years ago ... then jacked the drum-coaster idea for Motley Crue's 2011 tour.



King claims he never got a cent from the band -- and now, he's out for payback. If push comes to shove, King says he'll sue.

But Lee's attorneys aren't budging -- firing off their own letter in response, insisting King never pitched SQUAT to Lee ... and even if he did, King's rollercoaster model (which tracked all over the stage) is nothing like the stationary "drum ring" used by Lee at his concerts.

So far, no lawsuit has been filed.

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Federal Trace    

Knock knock., this is an FBI trace. Don't move, you're busted.

801 days ago
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TruthinMin    

This is not true. I was taking lessons from Charlie Adams from a local band Chameleon in early 90's and he had a drum kit that rotated upside down. Motley Crue was in town and went to the show. Stole the idea from Charlie who is now the drummer for Yanni. Easy to verify as their is video of the upside down kit on Youtube.

801 days ago
18.

Max    

Rollercoaster eh? Yawn. I was waiting for it to throw him into a spin cycle.

801 days ago
19.

Tim    

Uh, Christian band NEWSBOYS have been doing this for almost 20 years! Search YouTube for "Newsboys + drum solo, or spinning drum".

801 days ago
20.

Tim    

Uh, Christian band NEWSBOYS have been doing this for almost 20 years! Search YouTube for "Newsboys + drum solo, or spinning drum".

801 days ago
21.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Hahaha Tommy Lee hahahaha . Actually I thought he was dead.

801 days ago
22.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Ideas aren't protected by copyright.

801 days ago
23.

Celebrities Suck    

Tommy Lee's pen!s is so big that when he did the Roller Coaster Drum Stunt his pen!s dangled down and smacked him in his own face.

801 days ago
24.

Noel    

Buddy Rich did it before these clowns were ever a stain on their momma's cheap ****tail dress.

801 days ago
25.

Warren    

Arguably the first roller coaster drum set stunt occurred in 1975 as part of the band Whitehorse's show. Mick Mars (AKA Bob Deal) was a member of the band at the time and the footage is on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfMHmmJhNqg

801 days ago
26.

Cujeaux    

The wus couldn't go any faster than that? I've seen electric stair climbers go faster. What a waste.

801 days ago
27.

Twilightstar    

Tommy, pay the man. Looks like a roller-coaster mock up to me.

801 days ago
28.

Bagheera    

I would not be surprised to find out that Motley Crue's version of the rig was designed in such a way that Lee would not be hurt and used materials unavailable 20 years ago.
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In other words, at most, Motley Crue stole a vague idea (Music Band + Moving stage parts). The execution and results of the idea are likely quite different than Scott King's.

801 days ago
29.

Raw Shoshanna    

Buddy Rich had 'em all beat. Late 60's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnkkhYM4Whg

801 days ago
30.

DaveT    

Tommy Lee a great drummer.
Drum solos got boring in the 80's, Tommy started using his solo time to jam classic rock...in a cage that rose above, turned upside down.
One of Tommy's best high-energy songs....Red Hot by Motley Crue.
Best emotional/feel drum play, Danger by Motley Crue.

801 days ago
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