Motley Crue: Why their fans turned on them and sued the group – Guns N ‘Roses Central


The group’s show in Huntsville, Alabama resulted in the injury of 2 fans and the group’s lawsuit

Today, on Rock N ‘Roll True Stories, they take a look back at the time the band performed in Huntsville Alabama and turned around and sued the band for injuries sustained at a 1985 concert.

AAs part of Motlye Crue’s 1985 Theater of Pain tour, they would play a show in Hunstville, Alabama, which would cause several fans to turn around and sue the group. Today, let’s explore what happened.

In 1985, Motley Crue was on the road on tour behind their third album Theater of Pain. Recorded following frontman Vince Neil’s trial for manslaughter and drunk driving, the album marked a notable stylistic shift towards a more glam rock sound. By this time, Motley Crue was establishing itself as one of the best rock bands in the world. They were selling millions of albums. But for some fans, that would be too heavy.

During a show on September 27, 1985 in Huntsville, Alabama. Two teenage fans claimed to have been injured by pyrotechnics during the group’s performance. The incident occurred three songs in the band’s set during their performance of Shout at the Devil. Robbie Miller, 13, was punched in the face and lost one eye. Miller received a ticket to his parents’ show to celebrate his birthday. Another teenager, David Wright, had his lip split by the same object that hit Miller. Miller would need reconstructive surgery on his eye that would restore it to about a quarter of its original size. The teenage couple sought a lawyer and brought a civil action against the group, the City of Huntsville, the production and security company that worked on the series.

Miller claimed $ 2.2 million in damages for his eye injury while Wright demanded $ 400,000,

Lawyers for the injured speculated that the items that struck their clients were dry ice from the motley crue stage show., But a lawyer from Motley Crue. told jurors no explosives were used on stage to throw objects into the air. A lawyer for the group said the two teenagers and I quote “were injured there … and we can’t explain it, but it’s not due to special effects.”

The trial was not tried until 3 years after the 1988 performance in the nearby city of Athens.

The associated press reported hilariously at the time of the runway in 1986 “Heavy metal rock concerts were not a familiar topic to many would-be jurors. About 10 said they just didn’t like rock music, and two asked for an apology on religious grounds.

Bassist Nikki Sixx would be the only member present to testify on behalf of the group. The sleepy little town of 160,000 was bursting with excitement as more than 300 fans, some of whom skipped school, lined up outside the courthouse in hopes of catching a glimpse of the rockstar. The bassist had to be moved from hotel to hotel as fans quickly learned where he was staying and was pestering him for autographs. Motley Crue employed a lawyer named Patrick Lamar who, in addition to defending the group, was also responsible for driving Sixx to and from the courthouse. how one day a convertible pulled up beside them, filled with topless women trying to get the attention of bass players. He would remember, “I was like, ‘Well, isn’t that interesting. It is probably his everyday life.

A young fan who was in the courthouse on an unrelated case noticed Sixx and was able to get his autograph. The photo of sixx signing the girl’s autograph appeared on the front page of the May 10, 1988 issue of a local newspaper. The girl’s name was Melissa Stephenson who would remember at enewscourier “(children) were piling up there in the halls of the courthouse. The kids dodged the cameras because they knew they were supposed to be in school.

Defense attorneys are said to have a tabletop model of the Theater of Pain touring stage built by a California company to use during the trial. Unfortunately, while the model was being shipped from California to Alabama, it would be damaged. It should be re-glued by the defense lawyers. The trial was scheduled to last about a week, after which the jury of five men and seven women was deadlocked and the trial was declared quashed. Motley crue would reach an amicable financial settlement with the two teenagers. Motley Crue for his part would offer his defense lawyer Patrick Lamar a platinum album


Corina C. Butler

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