http://www.pearleurope.com/WhatsUpNewsD ... i&MenuId=3
looks like pearl's sponsoring him
The person I went to Heaton with heard the roadie hit the snare a few times during the setup and proclaimed it to be an electric kit. Something to do with the pitch sounding more like a hip-hop snare drum.
I'm not sure whether he's right having seen that link, but I have noticed that Reni visually on this tour appears to hit the drums with little force but heavy sounds come out.