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MotleyMotley Crue's Red White & Crue Tour...Better Live Than Dead will be preceded this week by a new 37-track, double-disc retrospective, "Red White & Crue" via Island. Beginning Feb. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the infamous hard rock quartet will hit the road with original members vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee for the first time since 1999.

Beyond such favorites as "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Smoking in the Boys' Room," the compilations includes three newly recorded songs: the single "If I Die Tomorrow," "Sick Love Song" and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man."

"We've always progressed, so I think it's another progression for us," Sixx says of the new tunes. "It's some fresh, new sounding stuff, but it has our trademark all over it."

A variety of other related projects are in the works for 2005, including a feature film based on the Crue autobiography "The Dirt" and Lee's as-yet-untitled NBC reality show, which documents his recent enrollment at the University of Nebraska. Lee recently released his autobiography, "Tommyland."