Motley Crue  will follow up this summer's Crue 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.
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 Motley Crue'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 Motley Crue's manager since 1994, says the band's winter jaunt picks up where Crue 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 Crue 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 Motley Crue 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, Motley Crue will break from touring until the 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 Crue Fest, Kovac says. Support acts for the summer tour are still in the works.
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