Charlie Sheen’s “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour got off to a disastrous start Saturday night in Detroit, where the former “Two and a Half Men” star was heckled and loudly booed virtually from start to finish, according to The Detroit News.
But Sheen managed to regroup by Sunday night, earning a standing ovation for the second performance in his 20-city tour, CBS News reported.
Reviews for the Chicago show were mixed–a huge improvement from the across-the-board pans for the Detroit appearance.
Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper called the retooled Chicago show "not really a trainwreck, just a little bit sad and more than a little bit tedious.”
Steve Johnson, reviewing the show for the Chicago Tribune, called Sunday’s performance at the Chicago Theatre the “makeover episode” of Sheen’s tour. Johnson said of the show: “Instead of the disjointed exercise in hero worship he had presented on night one of his theatrical tour in Detroit Saturday, Sheen mostly sat and fielded an interviewer’s questions, bantering with the crowd, dropping the F-word, and actually seeming to satisfy, if not amaze, concertgoers.”
Johnson praised Sheen’s shift in tone from Detroit to Chicago, “from epic self-aggrandizement to a more casual, at times even likable, persona.”
The contrast between the two shows, and between audience reactions, could serve to Sheen’s advantage by ratcheting up interest in the rest of the tour. The next show is set for Tuesday night, April 5, in Cleveland.