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Sunday
Apr032011

Charlie Sheen Bombs at Detroit Debut of 'My Violent Torpedo of Truth'

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(DETROIT) -- Charlie Sheen doesn’t appear to be winning anymore.

After all but getting booed off stage at the Detroit debut of his live show, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option," it's unclear if or how Sheen's month-long tour will proceed.

Ticket holders milled about the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit before the 8 p.m. start time, sometimes yelling Sheen catch phrases like "tiger blood" and "winning" to rev up fellow attendees. As of Saturday afternoon, all 4,700 seats at the theater had been sold. However, some didn't stay occupied for long. Even before Sheen took the stage close to 9 p.m., the mood in the auditorium went sour. The warm up comedian, Kurt Fox, drew a chorus of boos so loud that Sheen came out before his scheduled intro to ask the audience to play nice.

Sheen managed to up the crowd's enthusiasm for the start of his act. Before his official debut, he played a montage of video clips including scenes from Apocalypse Now, the film starring Sheen's father that Sheen claims to be obsessed with. He then strutted on stage with his "goddesses," Bree Olsen and Natalie Kenly, who proceeded to engage in a passionate kiss, much to the delight of the crowd. They then went backstage to burn a bowling shirt similar to the one Sheen wore on Two and a Half Men.

The spectacle mirrored the ranting and raving Sheen's done online and in interviews over the past few weeks. But after that, things took a turn for the weird.

Sheen stood at a podium in front of a pseudo-presidential looking seal saying "Warlock States of Sheen" and launched into a nonsensical speech seemingly directed at his critics.

He started, "Tonight I am delivered by cyber cloud, with the stomp and glisten of heaven's produce section." He then talked about burning something "down from the mount of olive" and "gasoline rainbows." He frequently damned "trolls" -- presumably, Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and his former bosses at CBS and Warner Brothers. He called Sarah Palin a "whore" for no apparent reason.

The audience seemed confused. They started to boo, loudly. Sheen pushed back, saying "I already got your money, dude." All tickets stipulated that no refunds would be granted.

Throughout the night, the booing intensified, and people began streaming out of the theater. At one point, Sheen asked audience members to raise their hands if they've ever done crack. When few hands went up, Sheen said he was "surprised because Detroit seems like a good place to get crack." That was met with a crush of expletives from the crowd.

The night's rumored special guest, rapper Snoop Dogg, didn't show. A little more than an hour into his act, Sheen offered up a video of Snoop singing the song they recorded together, "Winning." After that, the house lights came on; the show was over. By that point, it looked like 50 percent of the theater had emptied out.

Sheen returned with Olsen and Kenly 15 minutes after most of the crowd left to thank his "true fans" -- the stragglers remaining near the stage. He said that the show is still something of an experiment and that it will get better; he shook a few hands. When forlorn fans started shouting "refund," he left for good.

Sheen is due in Chicago on Sunday, and then in New York, Boston and other cities in the upcoming weeks. His publicist did not immediately respond to ABC News’ question about whether those shows are still on.

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Friday
Apr012011

Charlie Sheen's 'Violent Torpedo of Truth' Tour Kicks Off

Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(DETROIT) -- Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" blasts onto stage Saturday. What comes with it remains unclear.

The former Two and a Half Men star and current online sensation is taking his rants and raves on the road, kicking off his month-long "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" tour with a live show at Detroit's Fox Theater.

On Friday, Sheen talked about his debut show but offered little insight into what he has planned. He confirmed that his "goddesses" and rapper Snoop Dogg will be with him at the theater. When asked if he'll also rap, he said, "Depends what type of mood I'm in."

Initial reports said Sheen's Detroit show sold out on Ticketmaster in less than 20 minutes, but as of Friday afternoon, Ticketmaster was still showing seats available. There are plenty more to be had for his New York, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Denver and Dallas stops, among others.

Thousands of tickets people bought are being resold on sites like StubHub.com for a fraction of their original cost. As of Friday afternoon, tickets for the main floor of the Detroit show, originally $52, were going for as little as $14 each on StubHub.

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