The debut Crusty Demons tour will play some 20 U.S. arenas this summer beginning in June. The tour, which does not feature live music performances, includes extreme-sports athletes performing to recor

The debut Crusty Demons tour will play some 20 U.S. arenas this summer beginning in June. The tour, which does not feature live music performances, includes extreme-sports athletes performing to recorded tracks -- similar in concept to Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huck Jam. Crusty Demons will also include sideshow acts such as firebreathers and motorcycle jousting, according to producer Kevin Lyman.

The tour is a partnership between Chicago-based Jam Productions and Dan Hirsch of San Francisco's On Board Entertainment. "It's gonna be like Mad Max meets freestyle motocross meets WWF wrestling," says Lyman, who is best known as founder and partner of the Vans Warped tour. "If you like pyro, you're gonna love this show."

Lyman says Crusty Demons will have a scaled-down design with fewer production kills, in an effort to avoid some of the profitability issues that have plagued the 2-year-old Boom Boom. That tour came close to breaking even for the first time last year, when it averaged $291,581 in gross and 7,449 in attendance. Boom Boom's producers say that tour will return in 2004 as well.