Poison singer Bret Michaels recently spoke about Motley Crue member Tommy Lee sustaining broken ribs. The band made a massive comeback to high-profile touring with “The Stadium Tour” but the kickoff show saw Tommy Lee leave the drum kit after playing five songs. As was the case at the previous three shows of “The Stadium Tour.”
Tommy Lee once again defied doctor’s orders — despite sustaining four broken ribs — to take part in his band’s long-awaited return to the stage with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.
After playing three songs with his bandmates, Lee told the crowd that he had broken four ribs, and his doctor told him he couldn’t perform. He also took the opportunity to have some fun with the audience, bringing out what appears to be a roasting pan full of beer cans and ribs, which he then proceeded to throw into the crowd.
Bret Michaels reveals he had no idea about Tommy Lee’s broken rib
Michaels confirmed that he also had no idea prior to the start of “The Stadium Tour” that Tommy Lee would only sit behind the drums for the first few songs of his band’s set. During an interview with Rob Rush Radio. Asked if he was made aware prior to the launch of “The Stadium Tour” that Tommy would unable to play a full set with the Crue, Bret said:
“Honestly, until that night when he stepped off the stage on the opening night, I, honest to God, didn’t know. I had no idea. I wish I could give you more info, but the truth of the matter is it sort of hit me in Atlanta. But you know what? They rocked.”
“I’m a big fan of Leppard and Motley and Joan. And Classless Act, another great, brand new band out there with us. But again, I go back to this… I said this with [Crue bassist] Nikki Sixx; we were doing interviews together. And I said, if I wasn’t on this bill, I would be at the show. It would just be a good night of music for me.”