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Motley Crue Drummer Injured During Concert

April 9, 1990 GMT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Tommy Lee, a drummer with the flamboyant heavy metal rock group Motley Crue, suffered a mild concussion when he fell during a concert at the New Haven Coliseum, authorities said Sunday.

Lee, 26, fell to the floor Saturday while swinging down a rope from on- stage scaffolding, and was in good condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, said hospital spokesman Tom Urtz.

″He is alert, awake and in good spirits,″ Urtz said.

Lee was released late Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Urtz said Sunday morning that he did not know how Lee fell except that the rappelling stunt ″was part of the routine.

The heavily tattooed drummer is married to actress Heather Locklear.

Motley Crue is scheduled to perform Tuesday in Binghamton, N.Y. Before launching its tour, the band pledged that even though all members had undergone drug rehabilitation, its concerts would be just as raucous as in the past.

″We don’t just play rock ‘n’ roll, we live it,″ bassist Nikki Sixx was quoted as saying in People magazine earlier this year. ″We go on tour and get broken bones, diseases, the crowd leaves bloody. It’s more like going to war.″

Two teen-agers filed a $1.3 million suit against the band for injuries allegedly suffered when pieces of dry ice flew from the stage during a 1985 concert in Alabama. The case ended in a mistrial.