Mötley Crüe are Being Sued for $30 Million Because They Allegedly Sprayed a Band with Pee
At the height of Mötley Crüe’s fame, the band’s fanatical admirers probably would have paid buckets of money to get covered in urine culled from the bladders of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars. Oh, how times have changed.
The New York Post reports that a band called The Raskins (they’re basically Nelson with dark hair) have brought a $30,000,000 lawsuit against The Crüe, Tenth Street Entertainment, Artist Group International, and “other production companies” for a litany of complaints. Most of these grievances are standard music industry stuff — The Raskins says they bought onto Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour for a million bucks but were forced to play abbreviated sets that began before the venue doors were even open, they couldn’t sell merch, they were hazed by The Crüe’s crew, and so on and so forth. The accusations honestly read like they came from a band that didn’t properly negotiate their contract in advance and/or don’t have much experience performing at this level. Not really all that interesting.
But there’s one allegation in the lawsuit which I suspect we’ll be laughing about for years to come:
“At a stop in Darien, Conn., crew members ran out on stage in monkey masks and sprayed the Raskins ‘with water guns filled with urine,’ the brothers claim in their $30 million Manhattan Supreme Court suit.”
Of course nobody wants to get sprayed with urine, but you have to wonder if The Raskins took even a moment to consider their reputation before filing this lawsuit. I mean, unless they write some megahit on their next album (spoiler alert: they won’t), this is what they’re forever going to be known for. In a year or two, people won’t even remember what they were called. They’ll just be “that band that got soaked in Mötley Crüe’s pee.” Every artist’s dream, right?
I hope the band wins the lawsuit, only because I can’t imagine they’ll ever be invited to play a big tour like this again. But should it go the other way, I know Sbarro’s is always hiring.
[via Rock Feed]