Motley Crue unleashes album, plans tour

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In support of its first studio album with its original members in more than a decade, Motley Crue will embark on a 40-plus-city North American amphitheater tour, beginning July 1 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., and wrapping Aug. 31 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh.

Produced by Los Angeles-based Live Nation, Crue Fest '08 also will feature rock acts Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's side band Sixx:A.M. The jaunt will support Motley Crue's forthcoming album "Saints of Los Angeles," due June 17 via Motley Records, the band revealed Tuesday at a press conference in Los Angeles.

For those in a rush, tickets for Crue Fest '08 will go on sale immediately through TheRockvine.com. Tickets will be available in select cities via LiveNation.com beginning Friday. Through Live Nation's deal with Citi, the company's card members can purchase presale tickets Tuesday through Friday via privatepass.citi.com.

Partners for Crue Fest '08 include JVC Mobile Audio, MTV's Rock Band, Best Buy, Fuse TV, Lotus and TheRockvine.com. The makers of video game "Rock Star" will sponsor an area at each tour stop where concertgoers can play the game. In addition, a Crue Fest '08 sampler, featuring tracks from each band on the tour, will be available exclusively at Best Buy beginning June 17.

Motley Crue's most recent tour in 2005-06 grossed $46.3 million and drew more than 960,000 people to 125 concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Giving fans a brief taste of its upcoming album and tour, members of Motley Crue -- Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee -- performed the title track of "Saints of Los Angeles" at today's press conference. The track features backing vocals from members of Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:A.M., and is reminiscent of Motley Crue's hair metal roots.

The single and accompanying video were released Tuesday to television and radio, and the track is available for purchase on iTunes and through "Rock Band."

"Saints of Los Angeles" is Motley Crue's first studio album since 2000's "New Tattoo," which has sold 203,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's last studio effort with all of its original members was 1997's "Generation Swine," which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and has sold 306,000 units.
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