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December 6, 2004

As expected, Motley Crue’s original lineup will reform for an extensive tour in 2005. The Red White & Crue Tour…Better Live Than Dead will kick off Feb. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and will proceed to Latin America, the United Kingdom and Europe through mid-June. In August and September, the band will play 40-plus North American amphitheatres before continuing on to Australia, New Zealand and Japan in November and December.

Tickets for some shows begin going on sale Saturday (Dec. 11), although is offering a limited quantity of seats beginning today. This will be Motley Crue’s first tour with vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee since 1999.

The band will be promoting a new 37-track, double-disc retrospective, “Red White & Crue,” due Feb. 1 via Island. Included on it are three newly recorded songs: the single “If I Die Tomorrow,” “Sick Love Song” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man.”

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.”

Fans eager to see the Crue in the flesh before February can catch the band performing Friday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Dec. 14 on Spike TV’s Video Game Awards.

Here are Motley Crue’s tour dates:

Feb. 17: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
Feb. 18: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Feb. 20: Greenville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
Feb. 22: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Feb. 23: Toronto (Air Canada Centre / tentative)
Feb. 25: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 27: Ottawa, Ontario (Corel Centre)
Feb. 28: Hartford, Conn. (Hartford Civic Center)
March 3: New York (Madison Square Garden)
March 4: Philadelphia (Wachovia Spectrum)
March 5: Boston (Fleet Center)
March 6: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
March 8: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
March 10: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
March 12: Milwaukee (US Cellular Arena)
March 14: Minneapolis (Target Center / tentative)
March 15: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena / tentative)
March 17: Dallas (Nokia Live)
March 19: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
March 20: Las Vegas (the Joint / tentative)
March 22: San Diego (Coors Amphitheatre)
March 23: Los Angeles (Forum / tentative)
March 25: Reno, Nev. (Events Center)
March 26: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)
June 7: Helsinki (Icehall Monsters of Millennium)
June 8: Turku, Finland (Rock in Turku 2005)
June 10: Oslo (Spektrum)
June 11: Solvesborg, Sweden (Sweden Rock Festival)
June 12: Bologna, Italy (Gods of Metal Festival)
June 14: Glasgow (SECC)
June 15: Manchester, England (Evening News Arena)
June 17: Birmingham, England (NEC)
June 18: Cardiff, Wales (International Arena)
June 19: London (Wembley Arena)

Jonathan Cohen courtesy of Billboard