VINCE NEIL Says He Was 'Shocked' By CRÜE Tour's Strong Ticket Sales

Launch Radio Networks reports: After weeks of rehearsal, MÖTLEY CRÜE kicks off its "Red, White & Crüe" tour tonight (Monday, February 14) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The tour — which reunites the group's original lineup for the first time since 1997 — has been one of the year's hottest sellers so far, which frontman Vince Neil told Launch has been a surprise to the band. "When the tickets went on sale and we sold out so fast, we were all shocked," he said. "You know, we couldn't believe it that fans in other cities were petitioning to get us to go to their cities, and we had to add, like, another 40 shows. So it's very amazing."

Neil promised that the CRÜE's new stageshow would be a "circus," and Tommy Lee told Launch that the traditional drum kit stunt during his solo spot would be fittingly outrageous. "I guess I can honestly say this is hands down one of the most dangerous ones," Lee said. "I was telling somebody about it the other night, and they're like, 'Dude, are you out of your mind? You could die!' And I was like, well, yeah, that's kind of the whole, you know, that's what makes it exciting."

The CRÜE plays its first mainland U.S. date on Thursday (February 17) in Sunrise, Florida. Dates are booked into May, and the group expects to be on the road well into 2006.


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