MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was only able to play the first five songs of the band’s comeback concert at “The Stadium Tour” kickoff show last night (Thursday, June 16) due to breaking his ribs.
Tommy was able to blaze through the classic MÖTLEY CRÜE tracks “Wild Side“, “Shout At The Devil“, “Too Fast For Love“, “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “Saints Of Los Angeles” before announcing to the capacity audience that he broke several ribs a couple weeks prior, which forced him to sit out the remainder of the performance. Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos stepped in to complete the concert.
“We did it! You did it. We did it. We’re fucking here,” Lee told the crowd. “Two and a half years.
“Okay, well, anyway, what I’ve gotta tell you is about 14 days ago, I fuckin’ broke not one, not two, not three, but four fuckin’ ribs right here.
“I wish I had a fuckin’ badass story, like me and Connor McGregor fuckin’ scrapping out in some fuckin’ bar or something. But I don’t,” he continued.
“Anyway, I hope you guys have a fucking great time. And my boy Tommy Clufetos back here, he’s gonna help me get through this. ‘Cause the doctors told me, ‘No playing, bro. No playing.’ And I was like, ‘Are you fucking high, bro? We’ve got a fucking tour to do.’ So anyway, I ain’t fuckin’ sitting out for shit. My boy’s gonna help me out here, and I’ll see you guys later. On with the goddamn show.”
Clufetos then sat behind the kit for the classic MÖTLEY CRÜE tune “Live Wire” and finished the band’s set, which included a guest appearance by Machine Gun Kelly for the song “The Dirt”.
Tommy Lee returned to the stage for “Home Sweet Home” towards the end of the show.
Lee has since issued the following statement regarding his injury: “Man ya’ll ain’t gonna believe this shit!…. I broke 4 fucking ribs! But I’ve been resting and healing and even though the doctor tells me I shouldn’t play at all, you know I’m stubborn and I’ll beast through the pain every show for as many songs as I can!
“And have no fear, my boy Tommy Clufetos is here to help me out until I’m back at 100%…we’ve all been waiting years for this moment and there’s no way I’m missing this! On with the show!”
You can check out some fan-filmed video footage of the show below.
MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s setlist was as follows:
01. Wild Side
02. Shout At The Devil
03. Too Fast For Love
04. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
05. Saints Of Los Angeles
06. Live Wire
07. Looks That Kill
08. The Dirt (Est. 1981) (with Machine Gun Kelly)
09. Medley: Rock And Roll, Part 2 / Smokin’ In The Boys Room / White Punks On Dope / Helter Skelter / Anarchy In The U.K.
10. Home Sweet Home
11. Dr. Feelgood
12. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
13. Piece Of Your Action
14. Girls, Girls, Girls
15. Primal Scream
16. Kickstart My Heart
Breaking News: Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee takes the stage at The Stadium Tour but mid-set goes to the mic and says after 2 and a half years of waiting for this show he broke a few ribs recently and the doctors told him not to play. He promised to perform anyway #TheStadiumTour pic.twitter.com/VjKj9bVQMs
— Greg DeBrosse (@GregDeBrosse) June 17, 2022
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