Motley Crue Announce Lineup, Dates For Inaugural Crue Fest

Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt, Sixx:A.M. tapped for tour, which kicks off July 1 in Florida.

On Tuesday, Mötley Crüe threw their collective hat into the summer-festival ring, introducing the lineup for the first-ever Crüe Fest. The tour launches July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will hit 40 cities — with openers Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and bassist Nikki Sixx’s Sixx:A.M. — before winding down August 31 in Pittsburgh.

Crüe Fest is the latest entrant in what’s already becoming a festival-filled summer, and will face off against this year’s Projekt Revolution tour, as well as the Rockstar Mayhem Festival — which will feature Disturbed, Slipknot and others — and the Warped Tour . Tickets for Crüe Fest are on sale now.

“We are so excited not only to headline our own annual summer festival, but also to be able to share the stage with the next generation of great rock bands,” Sixx said in a statement. “There’s not a lot Mötley Crüe hasn’t done, so to say this summer’s festival is going to be about rock and roll excess is an understatement: A night of hit songs by great bands and a trail of panties coast to coast.”

During Tuesday’s press conference in Hollywood, the Crüe also revealed that they’ll release Saints of Los Angeles, the band’s first studio album in more than 10 years to feature all of the band’s original members, on June 17. In addition to “Kickstart My Heart,” the band performed the new album’s title track live at the event; the song is currently available on iTunes and as a download for the “Rock Band” video game.

Crüe Fest ’08 tour dates, according to the band’s publicist:

· 7/1 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
· 7/3 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
· 7/5 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
· 7/6 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater

· 7/8 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
· 7/9 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
· 7/10 – Sarnia, ONT @ Bayfest
· 7/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
· 7/13 – Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
· 7/15 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
· 7/16 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
· 7/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
· 7/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
· 7/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
· 7/22 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
· 7/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
· 7/24 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
· 7/26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
· 7/27 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
· 7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
· 7/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
· 8/1 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
· 8/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Glen Helen Pavilion
· 8/5 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
· 8/6 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
· 8/8 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
· 8/9 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
· 8/11 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
· 8/13 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
· 8/14 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
· 8/15 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
· 8/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
· 8/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Amphitheatre
· 8/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
· 8/22 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
· 8/23 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
· 8/24 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
· 8/28 – Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre
· 8/29 – Albany, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
· 8/30 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
· 8/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion