Poison drummer Rikki Rockett feels that tour mate Tommy Lee is getting too much flack for having broken four ribs just before hitting the road on “The Stadium Tour.” Although Lee — against doctor’s orders — is braving through a handful of tunes every night with Motley Crue, the majority of the set is being handled by drummer Tommy Clufetos — who now plays with Ozzy Osbourne andghandled drum duties on the last Black Sabbath tour.
Rockett appeared on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk and was asked if he knew Tommy Lee was injured prior to hitting the road, and admitted, “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.”
He went on to say that he thinks it’s uncool that some fans are slamming Lee for not playing the full set with the Crue: “He’s taking a lot of heat, and I don’t think he should. 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.”