The drummer sustained the injury earlier this month after he fell down a flight of stairs while on vacation in Nashville, as revealed this week by his wife Brittany Furlan.
“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,” Furlan explained. “Tommy was trying to carry all of our luggage for us. He fell down these crazy stairs and broke four ribs. Not fractured, not bruised… broke.”
Lee’s broken ribs were confirmed after meeting with doctors ahead of joining the band for tour rehearsals. He played the first few songs of their set when their stadium tour kicked off in Atlanta on June 16, but following the conclusion of ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’ he revealed that he would be unable to drum for the rest of the performance due to his injury.
Lee was then replaced on-stage by session drummer Tommy Clufetos – who also plays with Ozzy Osbourne – for the remainder of the show, although he did return to play piano on the band’s 1985 ballad ‘Home Sweet Home’.
Last weekend, Lee rejoined the band in Philadelphia to perform eight of the set’s 15 songs, but it wasn’t until Tuesday night (June 28) that he played his first full show with his bandmates since breaking his ribs.
The show took place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte during the seventh stop of Mötley Crüe’s stadium tour. Lee did not mention his injury during the set.
You can check out footage from his return below:
In other news, the trailer for Machine Gun Kelly’s upcoming new documentary, Life In Pink arrived earlier this month. You can watch it here.
An official synopsis on the film reads: “Machine Gun Kelly’s Life in Pink is an in-depth look at the dramatic highs and lows of an artist chasing music’s top spot while tackling noise from the outside world, stardom, fatherhood and more.
“From creating his platinum-selling, Billboard No. 1 album Tickets to My Downfall, to his most recent No. 1 studio album, Mainstream Sellout, this is an all-access pass, that goes beyond the headlines, into the chaotic world of Machine Gun Kelly.”
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