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Motley Crue and Jane’s Addiction made the news this week in the music world

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CRUE BEHAVIOR Nine years after Guns N’ Roses released their noxious ”One in a Million” (which featured lyrics denouncing ”immigrants, faggots…[and] niggers”), Motley Crue have picked up the torch of intolerance. At an Oct. 28 Crue concert in Greensboro, N.C., bassist Nikki Sixx called a black security guard a ”nigger” several times, spat on him, and encouraged members of the audience to attack him. According to MegaPop magazine photographer Michael Strider, who covered the show, Sixx’ racist tantrum was inspired by the guard’s alleged ”roughing up” of a fan. Says Sixx: ”I’ll be the first to admit that what I said was wrong. But I was incredibly angry, and what this so-called security guard was doing was also wrong…. Standing up for our fans is always the right thing to do.” (No word yet on just what Sixx was smokin’ in that boys’ room before the show.)
— Tom Sinclair

JANE, D’OH! Although the ”relapsed” Jane’s Addiction that kicked off their 17-city tour on Oct. 30 in New York managed to scare up major attitude, the real punk-rock stars that night were Angel Brathwaite and Dusty Valentine, whose dance routine-cum-striptease-cum-gymnastics demonstration was so risque that even MTV blushed. The cable channel, not one to shy away from skinny women in skimpy clothing (Fiona Apple’s ”Criminal,” anyone?), nonetheless made sure to shoot carefully around the dancers as it taped its 90-minute Live From the 10 Spot. The band ”told us about the dancers up front,” says Live‘s exec producer, Alex Coletti, whose crew did not have the benefit of the five-second censor’s delay standard for live broadcasts. ”We did catch one or two shots that if we could have, we would have avoided, but there was no nudity and no sex. It was just simulated.” What wasn’t simulated was the smashing of a video camera and an 18’ boom by the rowdy crowd. ”Both were trashed beyond repair,” says Coletti. ”But we’ll survive. Perry [Farrell] even came out and chuckled about it.”