July 23, 1990
A Wednesday concert at the Country Club in Reseda and another Friday at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim are among 11 dates canceled by 2 Live Crew due to the "complete exhaustion" of leader Luther Campbell. The controversial act's Los Angeles publicist said that Campbell's Miami physician has "ordered complete rest" for the performer. The local dates are are expected to be rescheduled for November.
August 28, 1990 |
The raunchy rap group 2 Live Crew says $13,867.56 is all it owes for an unauthorized parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman." But attorneys for Acuff-Rose, the music company that holds the rights to the 1964 hit, told a federal court that they were not satisfied with the offer. The Nashville publishing house, an arm of Opryland USA, sued 2 Live Crew on June 18, claiming that the rap song "Pretty Woman" on the group's "As Clean As They Wanna Be" album amounted to copyright infringement. U.S.
July 6, 1990 |
More Legal Troubles for Campbell: Attorneys for film director George Lucas asked a federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday to cite Luther Campbell, leader of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew, for contempt of court. The application filed by Lucasfilm Ltd., alleges that Campbell violated U.S. District Court Judge James Ideman's May 9 preliminary injunction barring Campbell from using a form of the name Luke Skywalker, a licensed trademark owned by Lucas.
August 17, 1990 |
Rap group 2 Live Crew, which canceled appearances at the Celebrity Theater in Anaheim and the Country Club in Reseda last month in the midst of national controversy over the group's allegedly obscene recordings, will play the Celebrity on Nov. 9, according to theater officials. More new Southern California shows are expected to be announced next week, a spokeswoman for the Crew's booking agency in New York said.
June 13, 1990 |
Police warned record stores Tuesday to stop selling the controversial album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" by rap group 2 Live Crew or face possible obscenity charges. "There's no prior restraint. We're just asking for voluntary compliance," said Lt. Jerry Pittman, commander of the vice squad. In about five days, police will begin conducting undercover investigations and arresting anyone still selling the album, Pittman said.
April 23, 1990 |
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department in Cincinnati has initiated an investigation to determine whether "As Nasty as They Want to Be," a sexually explicit album by the Miami-based rap group 2 Live Crew, violates obscenity codes in Ohio. The investigation was prompted by a complaint from Florida anti-obscenity crusader Jack Thompson, who faxed a transcription of six 2 Live Crew songs to Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis and to city police stations in Cincinnati and Dayton on Thursday.