LOOK! CRUE’S TALKING!

The rockers announce their reformation - but there's a problem with their grand entrance by helicopter...

MOTLEY CRUE’s original members announced their reformation and impending 2005 world tour with a concert and party last night (December 6) in LA.

The group arrived late to a press conference at the LA Palladium for the world’s media, due to problems with their proposed entrance. The band had planned to arrive by landing their helicopter on the top of the concert hall, but the Fire Marshall pulled the permit at the last minute. After circling the building in the chopper, the group landed at a nearby, undisclosed location and drove up to the venue in a hearse.

Bassist Nikki Sixx told the media the group had reformed due to fans and a local promoter who’d done some legwork in finding out there was a demand to see the band back together.

“You know what? It really came globally from the fans. That’s really what got us talking again and into the studio making new music,” he said, referring to ’Red, White And Crue’, the band’s greatest hits set, due in February, which includes new single ‘If I Die Tomorrow’.

Sixx continued: “It started with a promoter in England talking to different people, asking ‘What’s the band everybody’s asking for?’ They were saying it was Motley Crue and we kept hearing that. We kept getting information that was going all around the world, then we started talking and we wrote some songs and kept it all real quiet because we wanted to make sure that it was good, as good as we wanted it to be. We shot a video and here we are today.”

Motley Crue will kick off the ’Red, White And Crue’ tour on February 17, 2005 in Florida, before heading to the UK next June. Though the stage show is currently being worked out, drummer Tommy Lee said to expect something “big.”

“Put it this way, we’re meeting with some very, very crazy people right now. They’re all as crazy as us, so I can’t tell you what the outcome is ‘cos I don’t have a crystal ball. But I can just pretty much guarantee when you get all these people in the same room, there’s going to be some fucked up shit that’s going to happen.”

The band followed the conference with their first performance in six years, a five-song set of hits including ‘Dr Feelgood’, and ‘Shout At The Devil’ before heading over to the Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard, the club they got their start at.

Motley Crue’s tour will stop at:

Glasgow SECC (June 14)

Manchester Evening News Arena (15)

Birmingham NEC (17)

Cardiff International Arena (18)

London Wembley Arena (19)

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