Motley Crue sex scene draws fire

Two unclothed women simulate act on stage, catch police by surprise

July 01, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

An unexpected lewd scene at a Motley Crue concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday night caught Howard County police by surprise and shocked some fans, prompting police to ban the band from returning to the Columbia venue.

While the band performed the song, "Same Old Situation," two women appeared on stage, undressed and simulated a sexual act while some audience members cheered.

"Nobody knew it was coming except for the band," said Rick Strauss, a program director at 98 Rock, the radio station that helped sponsor the concert. "My jaw dropped like everyone else's."

The incident lasted about five minutes and appeared on a large television screen at the concert, attendants said.

"It was a bit shocking to me because there were kids there," said Mike Stephens, 31, of Belcamp, who attended the concert. "I've never been to a strip club before, but I feel I like I have now."

The band is unapologetic and has no plan to change its show, a member said last night.

"Hey, it's rock 'n' roll," said band member Nikki Sixx, en route to a New York performance.

The group kicked off a 40-city "Maximum Rock" tour at Merriweather with another band, the Scorpions. Each band performed for 90 minutes before 9,000 fans.

About 20 officers and 30 private security personnel supervised the concert. Police were on the perimeter, however, and did not witness the scene on stage, they said.

No one was arrested in connection with the performance, police said.

Fans said no one tried to stop the lewd activity, and Merriweather Post Pavilion officials would not say whether they tried, said spokeswoman Susan Elmore.

Merriweather, police and 98 Rock officials received complaints throughout the day.

"Merriweather Post Pavilion is addressing these concerns, as well as several of our own, directly with the band and its management," its officials said in a statement. "In the past, a number of national producers have presented Motley Crue performances, [and the band has] acted responsibly."

Police -- who granted the band a permit to perform there -- said they would have never allowed it to perform had they known the strip act was included, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a county police spokesman.

"We simply won't give them a permit next time," Carroll said.

During the concert, police arrested seven fans -- nearly all for trespassing -- and removed 40 others. County police said they plan to inform police departments in cities where the band is touring. Motley Crue is promoting a greatest hits album released last October.

"We will let those other jurisdictions know so they won't be caught by surprise like we were," Carroll said.

Pub Date: 7/01/99

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