Recordings from Motley Crue‘s show in Kansas City, Mo. on July 19, it appears to show the band using a backing track for drums, as evidenced by a missed countdown to “Looks That Kill” as Tommy Lee rushes to sit behind his kit in time.
After the first few dates on the Stadium Tour, where they played anywhere from a few to a handful of songs due to recent broken ribs, Lee has pushed through the injury and performed the full Motley Crue set every night since June 29.
The use of pre-recorded soundtracks, either as segues between songs or as backing support for a live band, is not an entirely uncommon practice in rock and metal concert performances. However, it has left fans quite divided on the question and in what capacity these backing tracks are being used.
In the fan-filmed clip below, pre-recorded audio of a slight droning noise blares through the PA system between “Live Wire” and “Looks That Kill.” While this is happening, Lee’s supposed drum technician is seen making adjustments to the kit before Lee quickly scrambles to overtake his seat and make room for the beginning of the next track.
With no drumsticks in hand, a cymbal count is heard and Lee makes his first drum beats as the song begins in full with other instrumentation. The video doesn’t seem to give any indication that the audio and video are out of sync, as Vince Neil’s lip movements are in sync with the audio.
Loudwire reached out to a representative for Motley Crue and asked for a comment/explanation on what is seen in the video. The response we received stated that the band is currently not accepting media requests.
Earlier this year on a KISS show in Belgium, drummer Erik Carr made a bug that interrupted the timing of the pyrotechnic effects during “Detroit Rock City”. The slip-up also seemed to reveal a backing track of Paul Stanley‘s vocals when Starchild’s voice was heard when he was not placed behind a microphone.
Motley Crue, “Looks That Kill” – Drum Miscue + Back Tracks
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