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Motley Crue curate festival tour

Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx
The line-up includes original members Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx

Rock band Motley Crue have announced plans to take a festival on tour to 41 cities across North America.

The veteran act will be joined by fellow rockers Papa Roach, Buckcherrry, Sixx:AM and Trapt in an event dubbed "the loudest show on Earth".

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee said he hoped Crue Fest would become an annual fixture like Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest.

The band has also announced plans to release its new single Saints of Los Angeles via video game Rock Band.

Post-gig antics

British rock act Def Leppard are also set to release their new single through the Guitar Hero game, a week before it becomes available for general download.

Motley's Lee, the former husband of Pamela Anderson, told the Associated Press the band had wanted to curate their own touring festival "forever".

"And finally we're doing it," he said.

All four original members of the band will take part in the extensive tour, which starts in West Palm Beach, Florida, on 1 July, winding up in Pittsburgh on 31 August.

Lee added that the band's on-stage chemistry remained the same, but their post-gig antics had changed.

"The second we hit the stage, everything is exactly the same. But when the house lights go up these days, everybody leaves and goes back to their hotel room or bus or airplane or whatever.

"It's different now. People have families and kids," said the musician.


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