Tommy Lee Leaves After Five Songs Into Opening Show on Motley Crue Tour
It's been a long time coming for many fans who bought Motley Crue tickets nearly three years ago in anticipation of a concert tour that was postponed, then postponed again. Anymore, it's rare that you get to see all original members of a classic rock group on stage together, so this tour was slated to be a pretty big deal, but that wasn't without concerns for Vince Neil's health and ability. Well, turns out it wasn't him we should've been worried about not finishing the tour.
On the opening night of their stadium tour, Motley opened with an explosive Wild Side that surely melted everyone's faces off, followed by Shout at the Devil, Too Fast For Love, and Saints of Los Angeles, which is when Tommy decided he'd had enough and came to the front of the stage to address the crowd.
"We did it! You did it, we did it, we're fucking here! Okay, anyway, what I've got to tell you is about 14 days ago, I fuckin' broke not one, not two, not three, but four fuckin' ribs right here," Lee told the crowd in Atlanta. "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."
Tommy Lee was noticeably favoring his ribs.
"Anyway, I hope you guys have a fucking great time and my boy Tommy Clufetos back here, he's going to help me get through this," the drummer went on, "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 sitting out for shit. My boy's gonna help me out here and I'll see you guys later. On with the goddamn show."
The band later tweeted a message from Lee, explaining the rib issue as well.
Video from the closer of the show, which was Kickstart My Heart, shows the band seemingly gassed after a full 18-song set.
It's the first of many shows along this tour with Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Classless Act.