Well, they do say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease and apparently no rock fans squeak louder than the Motely Crue faithful. When the Crue announced their reunion/farewell Red, White & Crue Tour last month, Canadian hair metal fans were outraged that the famously debauched ’80s rock band were only planning to make stops in Ottawa and Toronto. Regional radio stations began rallying the troops, petitions were started and much to their own delight, Motley Crue earned a whole lot of free publicity.
And these fans weren’t looking for a nostalgic trip through irony-land either – they were dead serious. “We feel that Motley Crue should not be skipping over almost all of Canada,” Bring The Crue campaign organizer Krista Blahut said in a statement. “There are thousands of fans here that have been patiently waiting for this tour for years.”
To reward their fans for drumming up so much hype, Motley Crue have announced a whole whack of new dates, including a handful of new Canadian shows. Promoters have given the official word on shows at Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome on April 1, Edmonton’s Rexall Place on April 2 and Winnipeg’s MTS Centre on April 7 – tickets for all three gigs go on sale this Saturday (January 8) through Ticketmaster. Tour sponsors VH1 also have dates for Vancouver and London listed on their website – keep your eyes on local listings for more info on those shows in the coming days.
In conjunction with the tour, Motley Crue will release a new Greatest Hits package, Red, White & Crue, on February 1. In addition to the band’s hits, the album will feature the new single “If I Die Tomorrow.”