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Charlie Sheen kicks off 'Torpedo of Truth' tour in Detroit

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Detroit (CNN) -- Charlie Sheen, the actor and self-described perfect batting warlock, opened his 20-city "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option Show" in Detroit Saturday night.

After a dismal opening act, Sheen took the stage to thunderous applause amid a big multimedia show. He called the crowd to rise for the singing of the national anthem. That was followed by an appearance by two women who were kissing each other onstage.

Sheen chomped on Twizzlers, donned a shirt from the TV show from which he was recently fired, then took the shirt off and told the women to burn it. They complied, dropping the shirt into a bucket and setting it on fire onstage. The crowd ate it up.

Sheen also launched a profanity-laden rant while standing in front of a mock seal, which read "Warlock States of Sheen." The actor tried to sell the crowd on a quote-generating app of his more famous and outrageous sayings.

Vintage Sheen, perhaps, but nevertheless surprising for fans of the eccentric performer who's managed to turn his professional and personal tribulations into a traveling road show.



Prior to the show, fans and critics alike wondered what to expect from the Saturday performance. Sheen's descriptions in advance were oddly humorous, though elliptical.

"Dogspeed my good soldiers. I gave you my word," Sheen declared in trademark gonzo-speak to promote the show online. "If you're winning, I'll see you there.

"Trolls need not apply," Sheen said. "You all suffer from 'Sheen-is' envy."

The show got off to a rocky start with an appearance by a warm-up comedian who was booed off the stage. Sheen briefly turned the boos into cheers when he took the stage during the warm-up act and then told the crowd that he needed time "to slip into something more sexy," and to take it easy on the comic preceding him onstage.

The show hit another rough patch when Sheen got booed for presenting a long film clip starring the actor Johnny Depp. He followed that by telling "crack stories" and asking people to raise their hands if they've ever tried crack.

"I don't do crack anymore," Sheen told the crowd.

Sheen arrived by bus for the 8 p.m. show Saturday to a small group of supporters who shouted "Charlie, come out here!" "We want Charlie!"

Sheen, wearing sunglasses, emerged from the bus and lifted a drink container as if to toast the small crowd.

Sheen fan Jeff Rezek told CNN, "I want to be a part of history," as he stood in front of the theater trying to hock the second ticket neither his wife nor his son would take. "I missed Woodstock and I wanted to be here."

"I'm going to see Charlie because I feel for the next 20 years I could say, 'I was there.' And I'm willing to see what he has to say," Rezek said.

Rezek suggested the Sheen tour was a good career move for an actor currently without a regular gig. Last month Warner Bros. fired Sheen from Rezek's favorite show, "Two and a Half Men," at the end of a long-running and highly public rant by Sheen against the producers of the television sitcom.

Warner Bros. is owned by Time Warner, which is also the parent company of CNN.

The firing coincided with a series of bizarre public rants by the 45-year-old Sheen in response to questions about his marital, legal and purported substance abuse problems.

Rezek said he thinks Sheen decided to go on tour after the actor "finally woke up that he has to prove to the world that he's not an idiot, he's not a dope addict."

Ticketmaster lists on its website 19 shows in 18 U.S. cities on the actor's 31-day tour. Along with Detroit, Sheen is scheduled to make stops in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; New York; Boston; Atlantic City, N.J.; Atlanta; Houston; Dallas; Denver and San Francisco.

Sheen has also scheduled three shows in Canada, two in Toronto and a third in Vancouver.

The actor has also scheduled stops in smaller markets, including Wallingford and Mashantucket, Connecticut; Sunrise, Florida; and, Everett, Washington, where the tour ends May 3.

Initial word on ticket sales was that the show sold out in 18 minutes. However, prior to the first show, tickets were still available on Ticketmaster as well as the secondary ticket market, which includes online ticket exchanges like Stubhub.com and TicketNetwork.com. Unwanted tickets available on those sites were going for less than face value prior to the show.

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