Tommy Lee is one of the most enigmatic figures in the music industry. The Mötley Crüe drummer is most famous for his turbulent relationship with Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson. The two even have a Hulu series based on them, called ‘Pam & Tommy.’ Anderson doesn’t want to watch it, though.

The infamous drummer apparently landed in deep medical trouble recently. During the legendary Mötley Crüe reunion tour, fans were deep into nostalgia and awe 5 songs in. However, something quite incredible overcame Tommy, and he left in the middle of the set.

Lee took to social media in order to tell fans before the highly-anticipated show that he has four broken ribs. Even still, he told his fans that he wouldn’t miss the tour for the world, and will play as many songs as he can. Sadly, he only made 5 songs in before leaving the rest of the band hanging.

Man, ya’ll ain’t gonna believe this sh-t [but] I broke [four] f-cking ribs! I’ve been resting and healing, and even though the doctor tells me I shouldn’t play at all, you know I’m stubborn, and I’ll beast through the pain every show for as many songs as I can.

Ultimate Classic Rock reported what Tommy had to say before he began playing for the reunion tour. He told the audiences about his broken ribs from 14 days ago, probably in order to set up his leave. The 59-year old drummer said that he wished to have some epic story about the ribs, but that wasn’t the case.

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 f-ckin’ ribs right here. I wish I had a fuckin’ badass story like me and Connor McGregor fuckin’ scrapping out in some f-ckin’ bar or something, but I don’t.

Tommy Lee still managed to perform for 5 of the most iconic Crüe songs, namely “Wild Side,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Too Fast for Love,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” and “Saints of Los Angeles.” He left the show in good hands, as Tommy Clufetos from Nikki Sixx’s L.A. Rats came as his replacement. Clufetos also played for Black Sabbath’s final tour.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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