Even though Motley Crue has a feature film and a new album in the works, bassist Nikki Sixx says the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with Aerosmith was what really took him by surprise.

Even though Motley Crue has a feature film and a new album in the works, bassist Nikki Sixx says the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with Aerosmith was what really took him by surprise.

"I can't believe it," Sixx tells Billboard.com. "I'm excited but also kind of shocked. We toured for 14 months and now we're going right back on the road again? But for me, to go out with Aerosmith is something that is a dream come true."

The "Red, White and Crue Tour 2005 -- Better Live Than Dead" found the band performing its hits to a decidedly younger audience on a nightly basis. This new fan base is the reason Motley Crue jumped aboard the Route of all Evil Tour with Aerosmith, according to Sixx. The 34-date jaunt begins Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. Each band will perform a 90-minute set, with Aerosmith closing the show every night.

"I think both bands work together great but they're different enough where it's not going to get boring," Sixx says. "It's quite a journey for both bands."

The Crue's journey is about to be transformed onto the silver screen with an MTV Films/Paramount project that is slated to move into production this fall. The biopic, which has yet to be cast, is based on the band's autobiography "The Dirt" and is due out next year. Sixx says the band will be "completely involved" in the production.

Sixx is also launching a clothing line, Royal Underground, as well as awaiting the early 2007 release of his book "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star." But what about the next Crue album?

"There's a lot of [new] music but I don't feel any urgency," he admits. "I guess in a perfect world, the movie and the album and the tour would all kind of come at the same time. But in the Motley world, I doubt it."

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