Charlie Sheen booed off stage in live debut

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Troubled US actor Charlie Sheen was booed off stage Saturday in a chaotic start to a live show mini-tour, a month after being sacked from his megahit TV show.

Fans started walking out within 20 minutes of the start of the "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option" debut show in Detroit, which ended after barely an hour when Sheen failed to return following a musical break.

"It was the worst thing I've ever seen in my entire life," said Jennifer Pyryt, 26, as as fans streamed out of the Fox theater, many of them booing and doing thumbs-down signs. "The show was horrible."

"I don't think it was put together very well," added Mary, 41, saying things started going wrong when the unpredictable Sheen tried to make a joke about Detroit's reputation.

"If he had not mentioned Detroit as a crack town, or the stealing of cars .. he turned a lot of people off," she said.

Sheen was sacked last month from the hit TV series "Two and a Half Men" after criticizing its producers in a series of rambling media outbursts which Warner Brothers called the actor "dangerously self-destructive conduct."

The 45-year-old, son of actor Martin Sheen, then became an Internet sensation after launching a Twitter feed which now has 3.4 million followers, and an online webstreamed show, "Sheen's Korner."

At the same time he announced his plans for the live tour, which now has more than 20 scheduled dates over the next month, after tickets for the first gigs sold out within 18 minutes.

Before Saturday's Detroit show fans had sung Sheen's praises, wearing "Warlock" T shirts and shouting his "Winning" mantra for television cameras gathered outside the theater.

But the mood afterwards was a mixture of disappointment and anger, with some fans talking about asking for their money back.

"Charlie's a big fraud. It was unbelievable, it was the worst show I've seen in my life," said another man, declining to give his name, as he and other headed off into the night.

Sheen's next show is due Sunday evening in Chicago.

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