It was intended to mark his resurgence after being fired from hit US television comedy Two and a Half Men.
But Charlie Sheen failed to impress on the opening night of his live show.
Twenty two dates are planned for the tour, entitled Violent Torpedo Of Truth: Defeat Is Not An Option.
The 45-year-old was initially greeted with rapturous applause by the audience in Detroit, but fans reportedly began to walk out within 15 minutes.
Billed by the troubled actor as his chance to tell "the real story", it was supposed to be an insight into the life of the worldwide internet sensation.
Instead, he delivered what critics described as "a series of nonsensical rants".
The highlight of the event was an appearance by the two live-in girlfriends he calls his "goddesses".
Bree Olsen and Natalie Kenly wore T-shirts with the slogan 'Winning' - referencing one of his favourite catchphrases.
They also carried placards saying 'Warlock', which is how Charlie often refers to himself.
The show ended after an hour when he failed to return after a musical interlude.
He appeared to redeem himself in Chicago the following night, using a new Q&A format that won him a standing ovation.
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