Tommy Lee’s Wife Reveals “Really Scary” Accident That Led To His Broken Ribs

Tommy Lee’s Wife Reveals “Really Scary” Accident That Led To His Broken Ribs
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Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts kicked off the long-awaited Stadium Tour earlier this month. Unfortunately after a two-year delay, the opening shows have not been without a snag as Crüe drummer Tommy Lee can perform only a limited portion of the set due to pain from broken ribs he suffered just prior to the tour. Tommy Lee had previously said on stage about his ribs: “What I’ve gotta tell you, is about 14 days ago, I f*ckin’ broke not one, not two, not three, but four f*ckin’ ribs right here. I wish I had a f*ckin’ badass story, like me and Connor McGregor f*ckin’ scrapping out in some f*ckin’ bar or something. But I don’t,” he continued. Drummer Tommy Clufetos has filled in for the back half of the band’s shows and will continue to do so until Lee is able to perform the whole set himself. 

In a recent Snapchat, Tommy Lee’s wife of more than three years, Brittany Furlan, revealed how the drummer was injured. “Everyone keeps asking how Tommy broke his ribs, so I’m just gonna tell you. We were staying at an old rental house in Nashville. It was a cool, old quirky house. But the stairs outside were made out of stones, and they were really uneven, and the roots were pushing them up from the tree. And everything was fine. I actually fell up the stairs a few times getting groceries, but whatever.”

She continued: “So, the day that we were leaving Nashville, our driver came and we had all this luggage and he wasn’t helping us; he just stayed in the car. And so Tommy was trying to carry all of our luggage for us. And he fell down these crazy stairs and broke — broke — four ribs. Not fractured, not bruised — broke. And it was crazy, ’cause I came out and he couldn’t breathe. It was really scary. He was on the ground [and] he was gasping for air. And he got on a plane that day still and went and did the rest of rehearsals [for the tour] in Pennsylvania. He went to the hospital in Pennsylvania when we landed and they were, like, ‘You have four broken ribs.’ And they wanted to keep him there, but he did not wanna stay. And he’s just a fighter. He’s the toughest guy I know. I mean, look at all his tattoos; he just really fights through the pain.’

Lee poked fun at his situation during the band’s June 22 show in Washington by dropping barbecued spareribs into the audience. “For those of you that don’t know, I brought a couple of unbroken ribs for y’all to throw down on,” he said as he passed them out. Let’s fucking party, g*ddammit. Ribs? How about some f*cking ribs?”

Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx praised Lee for gutting out the portions of the set he’s been able to play. “The fact that Tommy was told by the doctor to not play with 4 broken ribs & he beasted half 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 f*cking animal. Anybody out there ever break ur ribs?”

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