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Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee “has his life back” after “monumental” hand surgery

Author Hernan Osuna - 19.2.2024

Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has revealed he can twirl his drumsticks for the first time in years thanks to a recent hand surgery: “I have my life back“, said the 61-year-old stickman.

Lee posted an update to fans on Saturday, three weeks after undergoing hand surgery to address “debilitating issues” as a performer.

Among the problems he faced were Dupuytren’s contracture – a thickening and tightening of tissue in the hand – and carpal tunnel syndrome, Lee wrote on Instagram. But after undergoing surgery with Dr Glenn Cohen, the musician now has “my life back and my moneymakers”. He ended the post with a video of him twirling his drumstick for the first time in “a couple of years.”

“Well kids, it’s show and tell time — hope this doesn’t wreck your lunch,” Lee wrote. “Only three weeks ago I underwent a hand surgery by @drcohenhandsurgeon [Dr. Glenn Cohen]. He addressed two debilitating issues for me as a drummer, keyboard player and pretty much everything to do with my right hand. And yesterday was fucking monumental for me to the point of tears.

“I have my life back and my money makers,” the drummer continued. “And for you drummers and musicians out there, I can say it’s possible to fix! And in the last clip I’m able to twirl my sticks again. I haven’t been able to do that in a few years because of the Dupuytren’s contracture and carpal tunnel issues that are now gone! @drcohenhandsurgeon and the staff there I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL.

Lee’s next show with Mötley Crüe is scheduled to take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey in May 2024. The American rockers are currently booked for a handful of North American shows, including Welcome to Rockville, Summerfest 2024 and Ottawa Bluesfest.