Monday, April 22, 2024

Charlie Sheen Tour Ends Tonight in Seattle With a Whimper


It began in Detroit with boos and exits. It almost ended last night in Vancouver the same way. Tonight, Charlie Sheen‘s “I’ve Lost My Job, I’m Desperately Out of Touch with Reality and Owe Millions in Child Support” tour comes to an end in Seattle. It’s been six long, fun weeks of hecklers, delayed openings, and audiences running for the exits. And even though Live Nation fronted the money for Sheen, this was no record breaking U2 tour. Sheen’s bizarre theatrical adventure has been a disaster. What did he gain from this but the enmity of audiences? And who cares in the real world that Sheen has lost his $2 million a week job? If any regular person in his audience had dealt with an employer in a similar fashion, they would have been fired a long time ago. Drug addiction, missed work, rehab, inability to perform on the job– hello? And still people paid over $100 a ticket only to find that the Warlock had no clothes. And no clues. And no jokes. Many theaters were half full. Many tickets were free, and if not, then half price. Many people left before the shows were over. And now Sheen faces life after this adrenalin rush. “Two a Half Men” will go on without him. But he’s still stuck with Brooke, Denise, and four kids, and at least one goddess to feed.

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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