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Tommy Lee Hurt at Motley Crue Show

Drummer taken to hospital after pyrotechnic mishap

October 13, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was injured Wednesday night when a pyrotechnic stunt went wrong during the band's concert at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Lee was swinging thirty feet above the stage on a wire between several drum sets during a pyrotechnic explosion. Frontman Vince Neil announced that the band would not perform an encore due to Lee's injury. The drummer was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, where he was treated as an outpatient.

"He didn't look good while the paramedics were treating him backstage, so we chose to err on the side of caution and send him to the hospital," Neil said. Lee, who suffered minor burns on his face and arms, is expected to fully recover.

Motley Crue's tour will continue as planned, beginning with a performance in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Friday.

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