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The Manhattan rock group The Raskins is now suing Motley Crue for $30 million after several issues resulting from touring with the band. The Raskins claim that they were treated with extreme disrespect while on tour, citing several incidences including being sprayed with “water guns filled with urine.”
The Raskins claim that Motley Crue sabotaged the tour through countless events of hazing, including playing in front of largely empty arenas because Motley Crue’s manager would not open the venue doors on time. Additionally, there were issues with sound being interfered with during shows, not having dressing rooms, not being able to sell merchandise, and “being physically struck with heavy equipment.”
The group paid $1 million to tour with Motley Crue, and claims that their contract, which was negotiated through Artist Group International, was not honored. No comments have been made from either group on the lawsuit at this time.
Branding is an essential part of a musician/band’s success. Motley Crue has branded themselves as bad boys through past antics, and the claimed incidents from their 2014 tour further solidify that image. If the claims turn out to be true, it is possible that the band may lose some fans, but if their target market is into pranks, it may boost their following even more. The Raskins, a largely unknown group before this tour, may get millions of dollars and some publicity out of the lawsuit, but the impact it has on their brand may be adverse.