Are MÖTLEY CRÜE Collaborating With CIRQUE DE SOLEIL On New Stage Show?

In an unlikely pairing, Cirque de Soleil is rumored to have designed the stage and is producing a portion of the forthcoming MÖTLEY CRÜE "Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead" tour, which kicks off on February 14 in Puerto Rico.

Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, a brand-new MÖTLEY CRÜE press release issued Thursday (Feb. 3) calls the group's production for the upcoming tour "a three-ring circus with plenty of surprises."

According to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS, MÖTLEY CRÜE's two-CD "greatest hits" collection, "Red, White & Crüe", is poised to bow in the Billboard Top 10 next Wednesday (Feb. 9) as the biggest debut of the week, with expected first-week sales of 75,000-80,000 copies.

This marks the multi-platinum metal rockers' seventh album to crack the sales Top 10, highlighted by 1989's chart-topping "Dr. Feelgood".

The disc's first-week sales have been the result of steady Active Rock, Heritage and Mainstream airplay for "If I Die Tomorrow", one of three new songs on "Red, White & Crüe", which has been hovering near the Top 5 with Modern Rockers such as GREEN DAY and 3 DOORS DOWN, along with a year-long marketing campaign.

Commented CRÜE bassist/co-founder Nikki Sixx: "That's just fucking incredible. Can that quote get us banned from the Billboard chart, like NBC's Jeff Zucker did to us? And how come he hasn't done the same to John Mayer and Bono? Didn't they both use a four-letter word in prime time? At least Vince's came after midnight."

The first MÖTLEY CRÜE world tour in six years, "Red White and Crue Tour 2005.... Better Live than Dead", presented by VH1 and VH1 Classic, hits the U.S. mainland on February 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When tickets went on sale in December, the tour quickly rose to #1 on Pollstar by year's end. The shows in Chicago (Allstate Arena, Feb. 19), Detroit (The Palace of Auburn Hills, Feb. 26) and New York (Madison Square Garden, Mar. 3) are already sold out, with brisk ticket sales in other markets.

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