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CHICAGO (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - One night after bombing in Detroit, Charlie Sheen torpedoed the Motor City while winning over his Chicago audience Sunday night.
On the ropes after his disastrous and disorganized opening night at the Fox Theatre, Sheen, resilient as ever, possibly saved his 20-city My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option tour from derailing for good Sunday night in Chicago.
In part, the tiger blood-fueled, 45-year-old sitcom star gained the audience's favor by fueling the long-standing Windy City vs. Motown rivalry. "Winning, duh."
Granted, it's unknown if members of his covert Sheen team helped plant the "Detroit sucks!" chants from the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre, but Twitter accounts Sunday, including the Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper, confirmed the explosion of Detroit bashing.
TMZ.com, who was reporting news all day Sunday about the embattled warlock following the Detroit fallout, primed the Chicago crowd reading along in anticipation of the second performance and the national media on the scene following the Sheen-anigans with reports of beefed-up security measures and a "do or die" tale before gloating that Sheen received a standing ovation from the Chicago Theater when he entered. What TMZ neglected to mention, however, was that the 4,700 metro Detroiters welcomed the former "Two and a Half Men" star with open arms Saturday. Standing at attention, cheering - ready for the Sheen circus show to satisfy and entertain.
Sheen dropped the opening night comic in Chicago after the Detroit audience booed him off the stage and Sheen, upon taking the stage, urged the crowd to listen to him when he talked and "not be like Detroit," the Associated Press reports.
Although Sheen declared his Fox Theatre opening night 20-minute rant a "radical" speech that "was going somewhere," and even mentioned that he told the Detroit crowd that we were "one giant heartbeat and one conscious thought," he dropped that long-winded segment from the Chicago opener.
Sources at the venue told the Free Press that Sheen, in the opening minutes, told a heckler to head back to Detroit. He even delivered a Detroit-inspired poem, although the Free Press was told it was filled with nonsensical phrasing that never really slaughtered Detroit.
Although reviews were much more positive than those of the tour opener at the Fox, the Free Press was told that much of the Chicago crowd was restless and, ultimately, the show was "boring." That didn't stop them from giving the former "Two and a Half Men" star a standing ovation as he ended the show.
He called his appearance "the most epic night in Chicago (expletive) history," according to the Sun-Times.
Following the show, Sheen caught up with USA Today and said the Detroit opener "was a gift."
Sheen said the Detroit debacle forced him to spend five hours on the bus ride to Chicago, revamping the format into a simple interview style.
"That's how this whole thing got started," he explained.
Detroit Free Press