Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has been on the road with ‘The Stadium Tour’ all while playing with broken ribs. Lee has discussed his medical condition on the band’s tour stops to explaining why Tommy Clufetos has been filling in on drums during a portion of the band’s sets; however, the exact nature of what caused the injury had not been addressed.
Now Lee’s wife, Brittany Furlan, has shared the story how Lee broke his ribs, posting a video on Snapchat that has since been circulating online. Furlan said: “Everyone keeps asking how Tommy broke his ribs, so I’m just gonna tell you. We were staying at an old rental house in Nashville. It was a cool, old quirky house. But the stairs outside were made out of stones, and they were really uneven, and the roots were pushing them up from the tree. And everything was fine. I actually fell up the stairs a few times getting groceries, but whatever. So, the day that we were leaving Nashville, our driver came and we had all this luggage and he wasn’t helping us; he just stayed in the car. And so Tommy was trying to carry all of our luggage for us. And he fell down these crazy stairs and broke — broke — four ribs. Not fractured, not bruised — broke. And it was crazy, ’cause I came out and he couldn’t breathe. It was really scary. He was on the ground [and] he was gasping for air. And he got on a plane that day still and went and did the rest of rehearsals [for the tour] in Pennsylvania. He went to the hospital in Pennsylvania when we landed and they were, like, ‘You have four broken ribs.’ And they wanted to keep him there, but they he did not wanna stay. And he’s just a fighter. He’s the toughest guy I know. I mean, look at all his tattoos; he just really fights through the pain. Anyway, that’s what happened.”
Mötley Crüe will continue touring through the summer with Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and Classless Act; for tickets for the upcoming shows, head here.
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