In a blockbuster that few in the industry saw coming, the reunited Motley Crue will end up playing well over 100 dates in 2005.

In a blockbuster that few in the industry saw coming, the reunited Motley Crue will end up playing well over 100 dates in 2005. Nine shows into a 50-date North American tour, the Crue is doing sellout or near-sellout business. Now, the band has announced another 57 shows in North America, with a trip to Europe sandwiched between.

The first North American leg wraps May 1. The band will then play Europe and pick up again July 26 in Los Angeles for dates through Oct. 16 in Sioux City, Iowa, under the Carnival Of Sin tour banner.

For the first month of the summer run, Crue will join with several other hard rock bands for a larger package, among them Sum 41 and the Exies in select cities. Following the North American dates, the quartet will play Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan.

"This tour was not only great for Motley Crue but, as the first major tour of 2005, it's great for the business, especially with everyone coming off such a horrific year," the group's booking agent, Pete Papalardo, tells Billboard.com.

The tour kicked off Feb. 24 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and featured 24 songs, including such favorites as "Shout at the Devil," "Kickstart My Heart," "Dr. Feelgood" and "Girls, Girls, Girls," plus a show-closing cover of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K."

For a full list of tour dates and fan club presale information, visit Motley Crue's official Web site.

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