Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee continues to take it out for a walk while playing with broken ribs. And now the details behind how he broke his ribs have been made public. Lee’s wife Brittany Furlan shared the information in a Snapchat video (see below) that has been circulating online.
Lee has discussed his broken ribs during “The Stadium Tour” stop as a way to explain why Tommy Clufetos has filled out during part of the band’s set. But the exact nature of what caused the damage had not been addressed before Furlan’s lookup.
In the clip, she states, “Everyone keeps asking how Tommy broke his ribs, so I just want to tell you. We lived in an old rental house in Nashville. It was a cool, old quirky house. But the stairs outside were made of stones, and they were really uneven, and the roots pushed them up from the tree. And everything was fine. I actually fell up the stairs a few times to get shopping, but no matter what. “
Furlan adds, “So the day we left Nashville, our driver came and we had all this luggage and he did not help us; he just stayed in the car. So Tommy tried to carry all our luggage in us. And he fell down. along these crazy stairs and broke – broke – four ribs. Not broken, not beaten – broken. And it was crazy because I came out and he could not breathe. It was really scary. “
She remembers: “He was on earth [and] he gasped for breath. And he got on a plane that day still and went and did the rest of the tests [for the tour] in Pennsylvania. He was taking to the hospital in Pennsylvania when we landed and they said, “You have four broken ribs.” And they would keep him there, but they would not stay. And he’s just a fighter. He’s the toughest guy I know. I mean, look at all his tattoos; he’s just really struggling through the pain …. at least that’s what happened. “
Despite the broken ribs, Lee has not lost his sense of humor when it comes to injury. On a recent visit to Washington, DC, he decided to mock his current situation serves some ribsas in the food, to the crowd throwing some tasty, meaty treats into the crowd.
Lee started the tour playing drums on three songs and returned to piano and drums on “Home Sweet Home”. But he has added a little more on the recent dates. In Philadelphia on Saturday (June 25), Lee returned on drums to play “The Dirt (Est. 1981),” which was the first time the song was played live with all four members. He also played drums late in the set on “Dr. Feelgood” and ended the night on drums on “Primal Scream” and “Kickstart My Heart.”
Motley Crue continues through the summer with Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and the Classless Act on “The Stadium Tour”. Get your tickets for the upcoming shows here.