Motley Crue's Tommy Lee injured his hand last week, and on the advice of doctors is sitting out a number of Crue Fest 2 shows. Sevendust skinsman Morgan Rose is filling in while Lee recuperates.
In an online posting today, Crue bassist Nikki Sixx writes, "Tommy messed up his hand pretty bad, and yes, accidents do happen, and yes, frustration does happen to everybody, including Tommy, who would rather play drums (even with a damaged hand) than just about anything in the whole world.
"We all wanna say we're sorry Tommy has to sit out a couple shows," Sixx continues. "But we hope to have him back up on the drums (as soon as possible). Until then, he is at all the shows, jumping around, helping out with vocals and playing piano ever so lightly on Home Sweet Home."
"Hero of the day"
"Morgan needs a standing ovation for his dedication to kicking ass and helping not only MÖTLEY CRÜE out, but the road crew and everybody else out there" Nikki Sixx on Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose
In the same post, Sixx sings Morgan Rose's praises, calling him a "hero of the day": "Morgan flew out with only minutes to go before there were no flights left from Atlanta. He came charging in like a knight in shining armor, drum pedals and sticks in hand, stepping onstage and pretty much nailing the show top to bottom first time out.
"I think Morgan needs a standing ovation for his dedication to kicking ass and helping not only MÖTLEY CRÜE out, but the road crew and everybody else out here whose lives would been affected. Thank you, bro."
A five-piece Crue?
In conclusion, Sixx writes, "As for now, MÖTLEY CRÜE is a five-piece band…making history, one injury at a time...hahhaha..."
And how, you may ask, did Tommy Lee injure his hand (said to be a burn) - some crazy, debauched backstage antic gone awry? Anything but - turns out the incident occurred during a visit to an amusement park. Maybe it was Tommyland!
Here's a video of Morgan Rose kicking butt on Same Ol' Situation last Friday in Cincinnati, Ohio.