Mötley Crüe’s drummer Tommy Lee lasted just five songs into the first night of his band’s long-awaited reunion tour in Atlanta’s Truist Park.
Ignoring the advice of his doctor, he soldiered through five tracks with four broken ribs. After that, however, the pain became too intense.
Session drummer Tommy Clufetos, who plays with Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne, saved the day – and will stand in for Lee until he’s “back at 100%”.
What do we know about Tommy Clufetos’ life outside of session musicianship – who is his wife Casey, and do they have kids?
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Who is Tommy Clufetos’ wife Casey?
Casey Clufetos shares “tips on food, movement, and natural remedies for living a healthy, confident life” via her Instagram account.
Much of her content has to do with preparing and eating vegan food, working out, practicing yoga and meditation, and celebrating the life she shares with her husband Tommy – and their young daughter June.
Casey’s online efforts also include two fundraisers. In October 2019, she took part in Hike 2 Mend in order to raise money for Mending Kids. And the following year, she requested donations to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Tommy Clufetos’ wife is also an actor. Her special skills include dialects (Australian, British, Southern) and playing the drums – like her husband Tommy – and she is a certified personal trainer.
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Do Tommy Clufetos and wife Casey have kids? Family life explored
Yes – well, one. Tommy Clufetos and his wife Casey have one daughter. Her name is June, and she was born four years ago.
She underwent three surgeries shortly after she was born, hence Casey Clufetos’ decision to raise money for CHLA.
“We love CHLA”, she wrote on her birthday fundraiser in November 2020, “and we owe everything to everyone involved at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
Tommy and Casey Clufetos have been together for about eight and a half years. They married a year after they started dating.
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He told LA Downtown News in October 2021 that quarantining during the covid-19 pandemic came with “a silver lining”.
“My daughter just turned 4, and it’s been invaluable to have time with her. I look at that as a positive. I know years from now, I’ll say, ‘Thank God I had that time with her.’”
He started playing drums age six
Born 30 December 1979, Tommy Clufetos started playing drums around the age of six – according to Michigan Live – meaning he’s been playing for about 36 years.
He’s from Rochester, Michigan, and has played with numerous hard rock heavyweights during his career as a session drummer.
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His discography includes Alice Cooper’s Dirty Diamonds (2005), Ted Nugent’s Craveman (2002) and Love Grenade (2007), Four albums by John 5 and three albums by Black Sabbath.
He has also worked with Lesley Roy, Rob Zombie, Dead Daisies and Whitey First.
Has he played with Mötley Crüe before?
Last year, Tommy Clufetos founded Tommy’s RockTrip with singer Eric Dover and musicians Eliot Lorengo, Hank Schneekluth and Nao Nakashima.
He had, thus far, “only played drums on other people’s music”, he told LA Downtown News. “I just practice my drums until whatever gig is next.”
Clufetos doesn’t appear to be a regular stand-in for Tommy Lee – his performance with Mötley Crüe yesterday might have been his first major concert with the band.
However, he does have a behind-the-scenes connection to the heavy metal band. Tommy Clufetos is in a supergroup with Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, Rob Zombie and John 5. The band’s name is LA RATS. Their first release came last year.