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 says that he had no thought previous to the beginning of “The Stadium Tour” that MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Tommy Lee would solely sit behind the drums for the primary few songs of his band’s set.

On the first three reveals of “The Stadium Tour”, Lee defied physician’s orders — regardless of sustaining 4 damaged ribs — to participate within the CRÜE‘s long-awaited return to the stage with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.

At every of the gigs, Lee was current for the start of the CRÜE‘s set earlier than telling the group that he had damaged 4 ribs, and his physician informed him he could not carry out. Lee was changed for the rest of the set by Tommy Clufetos, who performs drums in Ozzy Osbourne‘s dwell band and who sat behind the equipment for BLACK SABBATH on the legendary heavy steel act’s ultimate tour. Lee briefly returned later within the night time to play piano on “Dwelling Candy Dwelling”.

Rockett, whose band is offering help for CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD, mentioned Tommy‘s diminished participation in “The Stadium Tour” throughout an look on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” on Tuesday (June 21). Requested if he was made conscious previous to the launch of “The Stadium Tour” that Tommy would unable to play a full set with the CRÜE, Rikki stated: “I did not know something about it. I swear I did not. I went out and he wasn’t taking part in. And I am, like, ‘What the heck is occurring, guys?’ So I went again and received the lowdown.”

Rikki went on to say that Lee is being unfairly criticized by some followers for less than taking part in a number of songs with MÖTLEY CRÜE. “He is taking numerous warmth, and I do not assume he ought to,” he stated. “As a result of I feel what’s cool about what he is doing is he is coming on the market and he is going, ‘That is painful to do it, however I need the viewers to know that I am right here. I am right here for the period. I am not wussing out on this.’ As an alternative of working dwelling and sitting six weeks out whereas he recovers, he is [out on the road and] he is a part of the staff. I feel that is badass.”

Final Friday, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx praised Tommy for “beasting” via the primary 5 songs of the band’s set a day earlier in Atlanta, writing on Twitter: “The truth that Tommy was informed by the physician to not play with 4 damaged ribs & he beasted half our present is a miracle. We’re a band and are happy with his power. He’s doing the entire tour and daily including extra songs. What a fucking animal. Anyone on the market ever break ur ribs?”

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

The following present on the trek is scheduled to happen tonight (Wednesday, June 22) at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Clufetos is Sixx‘s bandmate in a undertaking known as L.A. RATS. The quartet, which additionally options Rob Zombie and John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON),got here collectively final yr expressly to file a canopy of “I’ve Been All over the place” for the soundtrack to the film “The Ice Highway”.

“The Stadium Tour” marks the CRÜE‘s first dwell dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell tour. CRÜE toured with POISON again in 2011 and DEF LEPPARD teamed up with POISON for a string of street dates in 2017, however this jaunt marks the primary time all 4 acts have hit the street collectively for an prolonged tour.

CRÜE followers who shelled out for the band’s 2014/2015 “farewell” tour had been led to imagine that the group would by no means return after taking part in its ultimate present on December 2015 on the Staples Heart in Los Angeles. The band touted the signing of a pre-tour “cessation of touring” settlement as cementing the very fact it actually was the top of CRÜE‘s life on the street.

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