[Editor's note: Over the holiday season, SonicNet is looking back at 1999's top stories, chosen by our editors and writers. This story originally ran on Tuesday, Sept. 7.]
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx was arrested Friday on charges
of inciting a riot during a Greensboro, N.C., concert in October 1997.
The arrest came after a show in Raleigh, N.C. Stemming from the same
incident, a warrant for the arrest of the band's former drummer, Tommy
Lee, is still out, Guilford County, N.C., Sheriff B.J. Barnes said.
Sixx is due to be arraigned Wednesday in Guilford County Criminal Court.
"The deputies waited until after the concert was finished," Barnes
said. "No one wanted to deprive the audience of the performance."
Barnes said Sixx and Lee hurled racial slurs at John Allen, an
African-American security guard, at a Mötley Crüe show at
Greensboro Coliseum on Oct. 28, 1997. They also encouraged the
audience to assault Allen, the sheriff said.
Sixx faces one felony riot charge and misdemeanors for inciting a
riot and disorderly conduct. The bassist, who posted a $7,500 bond,
was traveling Tuesday (Sept. 7) and was unavailable for comment,
according to Ashley Smith, a publicist for Beyond Records, the group's
Allen filed a civil suit against Lee and Sixx last year, claiming
assault and battery and civil-rights violations. The lawsuit is
pending, according to a court clerk.
Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Ferranno) also was arrested Aug. 11
in Las Vegas on charges of provoking violence during a show at the
Mandalay Bay Event Center there. Sixx and Lee were arrested in Phoenix
in December 1997 for assaulting a security guard onstage at America
Barnes said his office has spoken with attorneys for Lee about
arrangements for the drummer to turn himself in. Lee could not be
reached for comment, his publicist at MCA Records said.
After 18 years with Mötley Crüe, Lee (born Thomas Lee Bass)
left the band in the spring to pursue a solo career. His first solo
album, due in the fall, will be released under the name Methods of
Mayhem. It will feature cameos by rapper Snoop Dogg, DJ Mix Master
Mike and others.
Mötley Crüe's current lineup also includes guitarist Mick Mars
(born Bob Deal), singer Vince Neil (Vince Neil Wharton) and drummer
Randy Castillo. The band became popular in the 1980s for its blend of
onstage theatrics and pyrotechnics and thundering heavy metal music.
Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil (1983) produced such
riff-rockers as "Looks That Kill" and the title track
Neil left the group following 1989's Dr. Feelgood but returned
for Generation Swine (1997). Last year the band released
Greatest Hits, which included the new song "Bitter Pill"