01-23-13-monster-trucks.gifLoud noise, screaming fans, backstage passes. A rock concert? Absolutely not. Monster X Tours comes to the Crown Coliseum with a show guaranteed to please the most ardent supporters — or one new to the world of monster trucks. Shows are scheduled for Jan. 25 and 26, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Monster trucks gained prominence when Bob Chandler’s “Bigfoot” was the first to drive over and crush cars. In 1981 he performed at the Silverdome in Detroit and introduced the bigger 66” tires. What had previously been a side-show at mud-bogging and truck pulling shows became a headlining event. Over the years modifi cations have been made to the trucks to ensure safety for the drivers as well as the audience.

Noisy. Absolutely. The average decibel level produced by these 500+ horsepower behemoths is equivalent to a jackhammer or rock concert. Attendees will say their hearing wasn’t right for a couple of days following the event but a set of ear plugs will reduce the noise to a more comfortable level (highly recommended).

Monster X Tours CEO Danny Torgerson stated, “Our show is at the pinnacle of this sport. We have an exemplary record for safety and quality and hold ourselves to the highest standards.” The Monster Truck Thunder will be provided by Project X, Scorpion, River Rat and Heavy Hitter. These 10,000 pound car crushing giants will compete in racing, wheelie contests and bring the house down with amazing freestyle competition.

In addition, there will be a freestyle motorcross lead by X-Game medalist Justin Homan and others. Tricks will include roof-scraping cliffhangers, double grabs, superman seat grabs and the ever-challenging backfl ip. Not enough excitement yet? Purchase a Pit Party Pass and meet the drivers and get the ride of your life during the party or intermission.

“We recently returned from an Eastern European tour. Monster X Tours was the first event of its kind to visit Moscow and we played to sold-out audiences. We also had events in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. In an average season we will conduct 100 shows from coast to coast and will be appearing in Hawaii in May,” Torgerson said.

The Pit Party starts at 6 p.m. and winds up at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. on both days. The show will be loud and exhaust fumes can be expected. No video recording or long lens cameras allowed. The show is not recommended for children under two years of age.

Tickets and Pit Party Passes can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased directly from the Crown Coliseum by calling 910-323-5088.

Photo: Monster Trucks are coming to the Crown on Jan. 25 and 26. 

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