Logan Raskin and Roger Raskin, two New York–based musician brothers who perform as the Raskins, are suing superstar heavy metal band Mötley Crüe (above) for $30 million.
The 44-page lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court details how the Raskins say they suffered “severely humiliating and, in some instances, physically harmful treatment” while serving as the opening act on Mötley Crüe’s 2014 tour.
Allegations include bodily damage, equipment sabotage, reneged promises regarding merchandise sales, and that the headliners’ road crew attacked the Raskins with water guns that were filled with urine.
Worth noting: The Raskins paid $1 million for the opportunity to be the opening act on the tour and play for Mötley Crüe’s audiences.
The Raskins performed during 55 of the tour’s 66 shows, taking the stage prior to middle feature Alice Cooper. The group’s contract stipulated that the Raskins’ set would run 25 minutes, at such a time when venue doors were open and attendees were admitted inside. The lawsuit alleges that not only was the Raskins’ stage time frequently cut short, but that venue staffers often didn’t open the doors when the group came on and, as a result, the band repeatedly played to entirely empty arenas. The band was usually made to start at 6:40 P.M., when venue doors didn’t open until 7 P.M.
Much of the suit centers on reported abuse of the Raskins by Mötley Crüe’s road crew. Band members claim they were struck with heavy equipment and had their public-address systems cut off during performances, as well as being denied dressing rooms and the ability to sell merchandise.
As a parting insult, the Raskins state that, during the last show of the tour in Darien, Connecticut, Mötley Crüe’s roadies donned monkey masks and stormed the stage while the band was performing and attacked the musicians with “water guns filled with urine.”
The suit also alleges that when the Raskins complained to Tenth Street Entertainment, Mötley Crüe’s tour management company, a representative responded: “I am going to make your lives hell [and] no one on the tour is going to help you.” The rep further warned, “If you get in anybody’s way on stage when they are setting up, they are going to run you over.”
At the same time, photographers Neil Zlozower and Barry Levine have also taken legal action against Mötley Crüe, claiming that photos they took of the band back in the 1980s have been used on merchandise without their permission nor with any compensation.
The Raskins, meanwhile, say they’ll go on tour with Tesla in February 2017.
Main photoMotley Crue Sydney 2011 [WikiMedia Commons]