The Crue is coming back.
Newly reunited metal band Motley Crue has announced 25 more dates for its upcoming tour, including a stop at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 21.
It’ll be the first time in nearly eight years that the band has come to the city.
The band’s last visit to Greensboro resulted in charges and a lawsuit after bassist Nikki Sixx was accused of targeting a security guard at the show with racial slurs and encouraging rowdy fans to attack the guard. Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee were slapped with a lawsuit after the incident. The suit was settled out of court, and Lee and Sixx pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges.
“I was a little surprised they would consider coming back, considering what happened last time,” said Tim Satterfield, the program director for WVBZ (100.3 FM). “But they’re not known to have a lot of fear either.”
And he doesn’t think the incident, which inflamed the community, had much impact on die-hard fans.
“As I recall, the core fans of the band thought it was all blown out of proportion,” he said.
The station, also known as The Buzzard, was one of many across the country to launch a campaign to bring the “Red, White & Crue 2005 Tour ” to their cities, calling on listeners to sign an online petition. The band announced the additional dates during a New Year’s Eve appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Coliseum officials could not be reached for comment. Tickets for the new tour stops go on sale Monday at www.vh1.com.
The band was formed more than two decades ago, and members are showing their age a bit, Satterfield said.
“They’re suggesting that they’re cleaner and more sober — that always helps,” he said. “Mick Mars has had hip replacement surgery — that’ll slow you down.”
But it looks like they haven’t kicked back entirely. Lead singer Vince Neil was accused of knocking out a Dallas nightclub employee after a disagreement over sound levels during a Dec. 14 concert. A warrant for Neil’s arrest was issued the next day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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