ABC Investigates Shed

A Virginia state agency is investigating whether the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre violated its liquor license during a September 6th Mötley Crüe concert.

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it is looking into a complaint that a band member carried a video camera through the audience and encouraged women to flash their breasts, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Apparently, the video was shown on the venue’s large projection screens.

Under Virginia state law, any establishment that allows lewd or indecent pictures on its premises can have its ABC license suspended or revoked, the paper said.

During Crüe shows, drummer Tommy Lee has been known to persuade women to lift their shirts for the camera. Radio stations and unofficial band Web sites document the flashes.

Leon Coleman, special agent in charge of the Chesapeake regional office, reportedly would not elaborate, except to say the agency had interviewed a person who attended the concert.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office provides security inside the 20,000-capacity shed, but spokeswoman Paula Miller said no arrests were made at the concert.

The Virginian-Pilot added that the ABC has never levied administrative charges against the amphitheatre.

Representatives from the venue were not available for comment at press time.