Mötley Crüe Drummer Tommy Lee replaced during opening set because of four broken ribs

Lee was only able to perform six songs during Mötley Crüe's first show in six and a half years
Tommy Lee
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Tommy Lee had waited six and a half years to get back behind the Mötley Crüe drum kit. Although the band’s highly anticipated Stadium Tour finally kicked off, Lee is going to have to wait just a bit longer to take part in it.

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The first show of the tour featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Poison took place on June 16 in Atlanta as Lee had to call it quits just six songs into their first concert. His departure wasn’t caused by any drama, rather, Lee is suffering from four broken ribs.

"We did it! You did it, we did it, we're f*****g here!" Lee told the crowd after Crüe performed the song “Saints of Los Angeles.” Pointing to the right side of his body, Lee continued, "Okay, anyway, what I've got to tell you is about 14 days ago, I f*****g broke not one, not two, not three, but four f*****g ribs right here. I wish I had a f*****g badass story like me and Connor McGregor f*****g scrapping out in some f*****g  bar or something, but I don't."

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At that point, Lee told the crowd that Tommy Clufetos will be replacing him on the drum kit for the rest of the evening. Clufetos has performed with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, and Rob Zombie.

Before he left the stage, Lee said that he was instructed not to perform. "The doctors told me, 'No playing, bro. No playing.' And I was like, 'Are you f*****g high, bro? We've got a f*****g tour to do!' So anyway, I ain't sitting out for s***. My boy's gonna help me out here and I'll see you guys later. On with the ****** show."

After the show, Lee issued a statement on Mötley Crüe’s Instagram saying that Clufetos is going to sit in for him until he’s back at 100%.

The lengthy Stadium Tour is set to run until early September as the bands will be performing all across North America this summer. Check out a full list of tour dates and purchase tickets here.

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