POISON’s RIKKI ROCKETT ‘Didn’t Know Anything’ About TOMMY LEE’s Broken Ribs Prior To Start Of ‘The Stadium Tour’

POISON’s RIKKI ROCKETT ‘Didn’t Know Anything’ About TOMMY LEE’s Broken Ribs Prior To Start Of ‘The Stadium Tour’

POISON‘s Ricky Rockett says that he had no idea prior to the start of “The Stadium Tour” that MOTLEY CRUE‘s tommy lee would only sit behind the drums for the first few songs of his band’s set.

At the first three shows of “The Stadium Tour”, lee defied doctor’s orders — despite sustaining four broken ribs — to take part in the CRUE‘s long-awaited return to the stage with DEF LEPPARD, POISON other JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.

At each of the gigs, lee was present for the beginning of the CRUE‘s set before telling the crowd that he had broken four ribs, and his doctor told him he couldn’t perform. lee was replaced for the remainder of the set by Tommy Clufetoswho plays drums in Ozzy Osbourne‘s live band and who sat behind the kit for BLACK SABBATH on the legendary heavy metal act’s final tour. lee briefly returned later in the night to play piano on “Home Sweet Home”.

rocketwhose band is providing support for CRUE other DEF LEPPARDdiscussed tommy‘s diminished participation in “The Stadium Tour” during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” on Tuesday (June 21). Asked if he was made aware prior to the launch of “The Stadium Tour” that tommy would be unable to play a full set with the CRUE, Rikki said: “I didn’t know anything about it. I swear I didn’t. I went out and he wasn’t playing. And I’m, like, ‘What the heck is going on, guys?’ So I went back and got the lowdown.”

Rikki went on to say that lee is being unfairly criticized by some fans for only playing a few songs with MOTLEY CRUE. “He’s taking a lot of heat, and I don’t think he should,” he said. “Because I think what’s cool about what he’s doing is he’s coming out there and he’s going, ‘This is painful to do it, but I want the audience to know that I’m here. I’m here for the duration. I’ m not wussing out on this.’ Instead of running home and sitting six weeks out while he recovers, he’s [out on the road and] he’s part of the team. I think that’s badass.”

last friday, MOTLEY CRUE bassist Nikki Sixx praised tommy for “beasting” through the first five songs of the band’s set a day earlier in Atlanta, writing on Twitter: “The fact that tommy was told by the doctor not to play with 4 broken ribs & he beasted helped our show is a miracle. We are a band and are proud of his strength. He is doing the whole tour and day by day adding more songs. What a fucking animal. Anybody out there ever break ur ribs?”

CRUE‘s long-delayed North American trek with DEF LEPPARD, POISON other JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS was originally planned for 2020 and later moved to 2021 and then to 2022. “The Stadium Tour” will conclude on September 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The next show on the trek is scheduled to take place tonight (Wednesday, June 22) at Nationals Park in Washington, DC

Clufetos is sixx‘s bandmate in a project called LA RATS. The quartet, which also features Rob Zombie other John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON),came together last year expressly to record a cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere” for the soundtrack to the movie “The Ice Road”.

“The Stadium Tour” marks the CRUE‘s first live dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell tour. CRUE toured with POISON back in 2011 and DEF LEPPARD teamed up with POISON for a string of road dates in 2017, but this jaunt marks the first time all four acts have hit the road together for an extended tour.

CRUE fans who shelled out for the band’s 2014/2015 “farewell” tour were led to believe that the group would never return after playing its final show on December 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour “cessation of touring” agreement as cementing the fact it truly was the end of CRUE‘s life on the road.

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