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

Charlie Sheen practically got booed off stage at the debut of his tour.

April 03, 2011, 8:54 AM

DETROIT, Mich. <br/>April 3, 2011 &#151; -- Charlie Sheen's not winning anymore.

After all but getting booed off stage at the Detroit, Mich. 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.

Anticipation ran high for the event. Ticket holders milled about the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit before the 8 p.m. start time, sometimes yelling Sheen catchphrases like "tiger blood" and "winning" to rev up fellow attendees. As of Saturday afternoon, all 4,700 seats at the theater had been sold.

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," Rachel Oberlin 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." While footage of the shirt on fire in a garbage can played on the big screen behind him, Sheen urged the crowd to hold up their lighters, asking, "Doesn't anyone smoke cigarettes anymore?"

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.)

After Sheen delivered his manifesto, he rolled out more movies and montages. One, called "RPG," was a film Sheen said he shot as a kid. It starred a young Johnny Depp whose character appeared distraught over not being able to develop film. Another video featured clips from Sheen's many recent interviews and parodies of those interviews. Yet another offered Sheen's take on his sit down with ABC News' Andrea Canning.

Throughout the night, the booing intensified, and people began streaming out of the theater. Things got worse when Sheen attempted to answer pre-submitted questions from the audience. Some hecklers got creative, yelling "Sheen sucks," "Bring back the goddesses," and "Where's Emilio?," referring to Emilio Estevez, Sheen's brother. (To that comment, Sheen shot back, "Pay attention to the guy you all came to see.")

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 "F*** yous."

The night's rumored special guest, rapper Snoop Dogg, didn't show. (A less well-known rapper, Dirt Nasty, did but received a worse reception than Sheen.) 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 his Oberlin 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's still something of an experiment and it'll get better; he shook a few hands. When forlorn fans started shouting "refund," he left for good.

Sheen's due in Chicago tomorrow, in New York, Boston and more cities next week. His publicist did not immediately respond to's question about whether those shows are still on, but if they go anything like his Saturday's did, many attendees may walk out echoing the refrain of one Detroit show-goer: "Joke's on us."

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