To ease a rockstar’s boredom of spending a night in a sleepy suburb of Pittsburgh, it helps if you’re not wearing pants.
That might have been the rationale behind the decision by Eve 6’s Max Collins to roam au natural through the halls of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Unfortunately for him, his naked attempt at amusement resulted in his arrest.
James Maxwell Collins, 23, was arrested for indecent exposure, a second-degree misdemeanor charge, at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to Moon Township Police Capt. Leo McCarthy.
The bucknaked singer/bassist strode up to the hotel’s front desk around 11:45 p.m. Monday evening to ask for shaving cream, according to accounts by hotel employees. Only after he turned around to leave did they notice that Collins had taken the name of the 20,000-population town literally.
Police were called after guests repeatedly saw Collins walking the halls of the hotel as naked as the day he was born. The ruddy-faced singer was completely without clothes for all but one of the indecent incidents, according to police, and even that one wasn’t an all-together clean affair.
“Multiple witnesses saw him walking completely nude through the hotel,” Capt. McCarthy said, “except for one occasion where he had shaving cream over his genitalia.
“But his genitalia,” added the captain, “could still be seen.”
Collins was also spotted sitting at the lounge piano and riding the elevator bare-bottomed.
When police came calling at Collins’ room, he answered the door naked and only covered up at the officers’ request.
“He didn’t seem to care that he was naked,” the police report said.
The offense carries a penalty of up to two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, but authorities expect Collins, who posted bail and was released from the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday, to pay a small fine.
“He was totally cooperative and respectful with our officers,” Capt. McCarthy said. “We had no problem with this young man … other than his behavior.”
Because of his cooperation, the charges may even be reduced to disorderly conduct, which carries a maximum fine of $300.
A preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Eve 6, who’ve scored hits with “Inside Out” off 1998’s Eve 6 and “Here’s to the Night” off 2000’s Horrorscope, were in town to perform at the X-Fest in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, a festival sponsored by Pittsburgh radio station 105.9 FM.
While he was being arrested, Collins asked police officers if their kids were familiar with his band, who incidentally have a new album, It’s All in Your Head, set for release July 22 (see “Eve 6 To Continue Dodging ’Punk,’ ’Garage’ Labels On Latest LP” ).