Wayne The Fire-Raising Mindbender
Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana could be set for a lengthy jail term if he’s found guilty of setting fire to a car with a man inside.
The 61-year-old former frontman for The Mindbenders, whose real name is Glynn Ellis, is due at Buxton Magistrates February 18th. Police arrested him at his home in Glossop, Derbyshire, and charged him with arson and intent to endanger life.
A police spokesman told The Observer that officers were called after an allegation was made about petrol being poured over a car and set alight.
Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders shot to U.K. fame in 1964 and also had a U.S. No.1 with "Game of Love." If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years.
Just days after being charged with arson, Fontana reportedly launched an onstage, profanity-filled rant during a Swinging Sixties performance in Berkshire. He reportedly likened his arrest to the way the way the "Jews had been treated by the Nazis."
When an audience member asked for him to play some music, he reportedly replied, "Fucking hell, have you got an appointment or something?" His band began to play, but according to media reports, he lashed out at them too.