Charlie Sheen Tour: What the Critics Say About the Disastrous New York Show
After a few promising shows in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, things were beginning to look up for Charlie Sheen and his Violent Torpedo of Truth tour. But when the former Two and a Half Men star took the stage in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, it was not impressive at all.
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney noted that the most interesting thing that happened onstage in an otherwise dull, more sedate show was Sheen’s open invitation to former boss Chuck Lorre to join him in his second New York show Sunday “to fix Two and a Half Men.”
GALLERY: Photos from Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour
“Much as the evening has evolved since Detroit, it remains amorphous and unclassifiable,” Rooney writes. “Depending on your point of view, it’s either the perfect response or the ugly apotheosis of a bottom-feeding pop culture saturated in celebrity obsession, rapid-fire visual stimuli and meaningless sound bites.”
Frazier Moore of the Associated Press shared the same sentiment, saying, the “show on Friday in New York was forgettable, other than the sting for ticketholders who paid full price to see it.” The 50-minute set, which included a seven-minute video, might have been all too brief for a concert, but in Moore’s words, it was “too long.”
New York Magazine’s Willa Paskin assessed the scene last night, emphasizing the “no heckling” sign that was seen on an easel prior to the start of Sheen’s show, though the concertgoers “read the sign, pointed at the sign, laughed at the sign, posed for pictures with the sign, and then, promptly, ignored the sign. After all they were there to see Charlie Sheen.” Paskin likened the concert to Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton, and said that Sheen “doesn’t ‘get’ that if his stage show consists of him being a lazy, boring braggart, he becomes the object of envy-disgust, not a mouthpiece for it. Go hard, or get booed.”
The New York Post was harsh in its review of Sheen’s concert, which had critics across the board disappointed and unimpressed: “Charlie Sheen stank up Radio City Music Hall last night like a flatulent goddess. Sheen and his Violent Torpedo of Truth tour limped and sputtered through town. And when the show ended — ahead of schedule — the actor ran from the stage like a scared felon ahead of a lynch mob.”