Quiet Riot Singer Arrested, Pleads Poverty

Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow has been arrested for failing to pay off a concert goer who sued him five years ago, but the veteran metal rocker is pleading poverty.

According to the Charlotte Observer, DuBrow, 43, told a judge in Charlotte, NC, that he hasn't had a royalty check since 1987, he lives with his mother, and he can't even afford a car -- he borrows hers. Although he once boasted an income of $500,000 a year, he no longer owns any property and owes $54,000 in back taxes. He claims to have only made between $18,000 and $25,000 last year from a brief stint as a Las Vegas disc jockey and scattered Quiet Riot club tours that pay him just $200 to $250 a show.

After hearing the sob story, the sympathetic judge reduced the DuBrow's bond from $210,000 to $1000, and even gave the rocker two weeks to come up with the money.

DuBrow was sued by Susan Pilot Hawkins for a broken leg and other injuries the woman claims she suffered at a 1994 Quiet Riot club show in Charlotte

when DuBrow supposedly threw another member of the audience on top of her. She won a default judgement of $105,000. DuBrow denies throwing anybody off the stage and claims he didn't know about the judgement.

Sheriff's deputies arrested DuBrow Tuesday at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport when the band arrived for a scheduled appearance at local nightclub. He spent the night in jail.

When DuBrow was released, he sang a few bars of his band's 1983 hit, "Cum Feel The Noize," for reporters. He said that he didn't regret being broke, he had fun spending the money, and was buoyed by the fact that he ran across so many fans over the course of his arrest and incarceration -- even the judge's wife knew the song through her aerobics class.

A local lawyer recruited by the band told the Observer that he was excited when he was called in to defend rock stars, but his bubble soon burst when he met the group as they were pooling quarters to take clothes to a nearby coin laundry.

The paper reports that the lawyers for both sides plan to meet in the near future in an attempt to work out an agreement and a payment plan.