Charlie Sheen's life has been lived, at times, as if he were starring in his own reality show, part "Celebrity Rehab," part "Cribs," part "Howard Stern Show," part "The Girls Next Door."
If we accept that premise, then Sunday at the Chicago Theatre was the makeover episode, according to a story by Steve Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.
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.
Gone was the dime-store Hunter S. Thompson manifesto he had recited, losing much of the Detroit crowd in his first half-hour on stage. Gone was the raucous banging bass and the videos cobbled together from old movies and YouTube clips about Sheen.
And gone, almost entirely, were the boos for the embattled, family-troubled, recently fired, oft-interviewed sitcom star.
MEDIA CONFIDENTIAL: Sheen Tour Bombs in Detroit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Dr. Drew: Charlie Has Lost His Sheen