Crue Doing DVD Shots Here

April 22, 2005
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GRAND RAPIDS — The highly successful Motley Crue reunion tour, “Red, White & Crue Tour 2005,” will be filmed for TV and DVD release at none other than Van Andel Arena.

Featuring the reunited band’s original lineup of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee for the first time at a concert for DVD, the show will be filmed at the band’s concert in Grand Rapids on April 27.

Concert promoter Clear Channel Entertainment will produce and distribute the TV show and the DVD on its home video label, Clear Channel Entertainment Home Video, from Clear Channel Entertainment TV. The DVD will distributed domestically by Ventura Home Video.

Director Hamish Hamilton, who has previously shot concerts by U2, Madonna and Peter Gabriel, will be guiding the shoot.

“This will give our fans a chance to see this … incredible show from the safety of their living rooms,” said the band’s Sixx in a prepared statement, “and let them experience the Crue in concert without ever leaving their couches.”

Motley Crue management Tenth Street Entertainment’s Jordan Berliant, who helped broker the deal, said: “The level of interest among distributors was unprecedented, but we’re thrilled to have Clear Channel Entertainment Television and Home Video as our partner.”

The tour has sold out venues since its launch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February. It features a three-ring circus under a big top set — including a fire-breathing midget, sultry acrobats, flying drum kits and “enough pyro to light up a small city.”

“Clear Channel Entertainment TV is excited to be working with Motley Crue and Tenth Street Entertainment for the worldwide distribution of this incredible show via digital cinema, TV, DVD and other visual mediums, especially with the Crue taking the world by storm as they are now,” said Steve Sterling, the company’s senior vice president. “The DVD will bring the Motley Crue show to fans in a way that will prove what DVD is all about.”

The band’s Hip-O/Island/UME “Red White & Crue” album, featuring three brand-new songs, debuted at No. 5 on the Soundscan Top 200, and was recently certified platinum.    

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