Monday, June 17, 2024

Charlie Sheen Show Disaster: Will Live Nation Pull the Plug?


Defeat is an option.

Charlie Sheen’s opening night of “Torpedoes of Truth” was a disaster in Detroit. Audience members, according to several reports from news sources and audience members, starting leaving soon after show began at the Fox Theater. Snoop Dogg didn’t show. Appearances by Rob Patterson, and Simon Rex didn’t help. Neither did the fact that Sheen, as I wrote here when this was announced, has no show. He just expected to get up on stage. rant against CBS and Chuck Lorre, and accept accolades. Apparently not only the show end abruptly, but Sheen, I’m told, skipped the $500 plus after show meet and greet. Mostly people were heard demanding their money be returned.

How long before Live Nation pulls the plug? I’d say, not long, because what they don’t want is an avalanche of ticket refund requests and cancellations in every city. Bad publicity in one city is one thing, but tonight is Chicago and by Friday Sheen is supposed to play Radio City Music Hall. And once the plug is pulled, what about Sheen? A drug addict on a high three weeks ago, he is really just a broken guy who needs help ASAP. Maybe he can invoke force majeure and head to rehab. If tonight goes the same the way as Detroit, the party–which really ended about two weeks ago–is over. No tweets or word from Sheen since the debacle, but hundreds from irate fans.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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