Tommy Lee replaced five songs into Motley Crue's opening Stadium Tour set

Tommy Lee at the premiere of The Dirt
(Image credit: Paul Archuleta)

While much of the talk in the build up to Motley Crue's first appearance at this year's on-off-on-off-on-again Stadium Tour has been centred around the preparedness of singer Vince Neil, it's the band's previously indestructible drummer who's let the side down.

Tommy Lee was forced to abandon his position behind the drum stool on opening night at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, after just five songs. In what must be one of the most Tommy Lee things that Tommy Lee has ever done, it turns out that the livewire sticksman broke several ribs recently, so took to the stage apparently unsure of his ability to play the full set without further aggravating the injury.

With a standby drummer waiting in the wings, Lee made it through Wild Side, Shout at the Devil, Too Fast for Love, Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) and Saints of Los Angeles before retiring to the sidelines. He informed the crowd that he had broken four ribs a fortnight ago, and was performing against the advice of doctors. 

Lee's replacement Tommy Clufetos – who drummed on Black Sabbath's final tour and is a member of Nikki Sixx's L.A. Rats supergroup side-project – entered the fray just in time for Live Wire, and kept his position throughout the set, which included an appearance from Machine Gun Kelly, the actor and musician who played Lee in the Motley Crue movie The Dirt. Full setlist below.

There is no word as yet as to when Lee will be able to resume his place behind the stool, or if these short appearances are going to be the norm going forward. The next show is at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, on Saturday. 

Motley Crue Setlist 

Wild Side
Shout at the Devil
Too Fast for Love
Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
Saints of Los Angeles
Live Wire
Looks That Kill
The Dirt (Est. 1981) (with Machine Gun Kelly)
Medley: Rock and Roll, Part 2 / Smokin' in the Boys Room / White Punks on Dope / Helter Skelter / Anarchy in the U.K.
Home Sweet Home
Dr. Feelgood
Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
Piece Of Your Action
Girls, Girls, Girls
Primal Scream
Kickstart My Heart

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.