Motley Crue Reunion Phenomenom Starts Frenzy Among Fans to 'Bring The Crue'
Band to Add Dates to Their 'Red, White & Crue Tour 2005 ... Better Live Than Dead,' Presented by VH1 and VH1 Classic
Motley Crue Fans Campaigning for a Chance to See Their Favorite Band Live Again After More Than Six Years
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22, 2004 /PRNewswire/
Motley Crue's "Red, White & Crue Tour 2005 ... Better Live Than Dead," the world tour, begins February 14th and is turning out to be one of the hottest tickets around. The frenzy around this new tour is turning out to be a phenomenon with initial 25 dates selling quickly and fans petitioning to have Motley Crue perform live in their city.
The desire of the fans to see the original Crue back together was the reason the band reunited. Now that it's happened, fans are continuing to show their support by campaigning through the internet and radio to "Bring The Crue" to their city.
Ryan Patrick, Program Director of KAZR-LAZER 103.3, in Des Moines said, "The people have spoken...you can tell by the phones and by the petition. Motley Crue truly are men among the boys. They've done it once, now they are back to show everyone how to do it again."
The petitions he's referring to are popping up all over the internet while being fueled by local radio stations in towns from Spokane, Washington to Jacksonville, Florida (currently there are "Bring The Crue" campaigns in scores of cities) with thousands of signatures from fans begging Motley to bring the show to them. Letters such as the one below from a "Motley Crue Fan" can be found on the websites.
Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, Motley Crue's management company, said, "As soon as the initial tickets went on sale for the tour, we got offers for 70 more cities ... but we can only schedule 25 shows because of our European schedule so Motley Crue will let the fans decide where they are going."
On New Year's Eve, Motley Crue will be performing live and making a special announcement on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
Krista Blahut, the originator of the "Bring The Crue" campaign in Winnipeg said, "We feel that Motley Crue should not be skipping over almost all of Canada, for there are thousands of fans here that have been patiently waiting for this tour for years."
Lochilin Cross, Program Director added, "We refuse to let this band skip our city. A band like Motley Crue is going to make an emotional connection for a lot of people." The campaign took on so much fervor that Canadian broadcaster CBC ran a story about it on its news show over the past weekend. According to a representative from the band's management company, the band will be making an announcement on additional Canadian dates next week.
The event took place at the Hollywood Palladium where over a thousand people showed up to see Motley Crue together again. Although it was a "secret" concert, fans and media packed the Palladium to capacity and hundreds were left outside in the parking lot and street trying to catch a glimpse of Motley Crue.
This event was not an easy task to pull off. The announcement was planned to take place in the City of West Hollywood at the Whiskey A Go-Go but just several days before the event, the city decided they would not allow Motley Crue to hold a press conference there. The problems didn't end with that.
The L.A. Fire Marshall prohibited the band from landing their "Red, White & Crue" helicopter, which was already approved by the FAA, at the Palladium and then again for the band's appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Despite all this, the bad boys of rock are still coming to pollute a city near you.
Jim Richards, Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Radio stated, "'If I Die Tomorrow' is a contemporary song that fits in perfectly with our current playlists. The radio stations are getting a big response from fans because they know they are part of something special."
Source: Motley Crue