Mötley Crüe will follow up this past summer's Crüe Fest amphitheater tour with a North American arena trek, beginning Feb. 2, 2009, at Cox Arena in San Diego and wrapping March 18 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
Along with Mötley Crüe, the 25-city-plus jaunt will feature support from Hinder, Theory of a Deadman and the Last Vegas. Chicago-based the Last Vegas recently won the first Guitar Center On-Stage: Your Chance to Make Rock History contest. Along with an opening slot on Mötley Crüe's upcoming tour, the rock outfit's prize includes a management contract with Tenth Street Entertainment and a recording deal with Eleven Seven Music.
Ticket prices for the Live Nation-produced Saints of Los Angeles 2009 tour will range from $25 to $75, with public on-sales beginning Nov. 21 in various markets. Other tour partners besides Guitar Center include American Express and Fuse, according to Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac.
Kovac, who has served as Mötley Crüe's manager since 1994, says that the band's winter jaunt picks up where Crüe Fest left off. "These are markets we didn't play," Kovac tells Billboard. "Rock has always been a middle-of-the-country sport, and you have to go to where your fans are."
The inaugural 40-plus-city North American Crüe Fest -- which also featured rock acts Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:A.M. -- grossed $16.6 million and drew more than 613,000 concertgoers, according to Billboard Boxscore. The trek followed the June release of "Saints of Los Angeles," the first Mötley Crüe album in more than a decade recorded by the band's original members. The set has sold 236,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
After March, Mötley Crüe will break from touring until next summer, when it will visit European cities in June. From there, the band will return stateside from July through September for the second edition of Crüe Fest, Kovac says. Support acts for the summer tour are still in the works. Kovac says, "We're going to open it up to everyone and see how it goes."
Here are Mötley Crüe's North American tour dates
Feb. 2: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Feb. 4: Reno, Nev. (Reno Events Center)
Feb. 6-7: Las Vegas (the Joint)
Feb. 10: Omaha, Neb. (Quest Center)
Feb. 11: Moline, Ill. (iWireless Center)
Feb. 13: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Feb. 14: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Feb. 15: Rockford, Ill. (Metro Centre)
Feb. 17: Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
Feb. 18: Saint Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Feb. 19: Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
Feb. 21: Nashville, Tenn. (Sommet Center)
Feb. 22: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex)
Feb. 25: Greensville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
Feb. 27: Lafayette, La. (Cajun Dome)
Feb. 28: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
March 3: Miami (Hard Rock Casino)
March 4: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
Mach 6: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa)
March 7: Erie, Pa. (Erie Events Center)
March 8: Hershey, Pa. (Giant Center)
March 10: Ottawa, Ontario (Scotiabank Place)
March 11: Hamilton, Ontario (Copps Coliseum)
March 13: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
March 14: Baltimore (1st Mariner Arena)
March 16: New York (Madison Square Garden)
March 17: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless)
March 18: Portland, Maine (Cumberland County Civic Center)