Rocker TOMMY LEE shocked TV viewers in America yesterday (03MAR05) when he appeared on morning show LIVE WITH REGIS + KELLY on a midget's back, sporting a black eye.

The drummer was on the show with Motley Crue bandmate Nikki Sixx to announce the reformed group's upcoming world tour when he surprised hosts REGIS PHILBIN and Kelly Ripa (corr) by making his entrance on the back of a little pal.

Lee later explained the man was a longtime Crue fan who followed the group on tour and joined them onstage.

Meanwhile, Lee blamed his black-eye on a drumstick stunt that went wrong: "I do this trick where I hit the drum with the stick and the stick flies up into the air and the strobe lights are flashing and I lost sight of it and it hit me in the eye the other night."

The reformed rockers played a sell-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden last night.

04/03/2005 02:16