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Grand Forks politician blames Mötley Crüe for saying he "hates" living there

Lots of people got hyped when Motley Crue came to town... in the 80s. But now? For this?

Lots of people got hyped when Motley Crue came to town... in the 80s. But now? For this?

Mötley Crüe can be blamed or credited for many things. Inspiring a bunch of shitty hair-and-metal butt rock bands in the 1980s. The disappearance of, like, 50 kilograms of cocaine off the market during that decade and the next. Repeatedly conning their fans into coming out for these "last time, no we really mean it" reunion tours.

We can add another item to the list: Richard Lays, a candidate for Grand Forks city council, says Mötley Crüe's canceling a concert in that North Dakota border city is the root cause of a Facebook meltdown that might have doomed his campaign. 

That announcement came back in October, but was recently dug back up by the Grand Forks Herald, which burned Lays with a pointed editorial last week. On the day the Grand Forks gig was killed, Lays wrote: "Just another reason I hate living in Grand Forks."

Harsh words from anyone. For a candidate for civic office, hard to live down, and perhaps unforgivable. Lays told the Herald that he had "great seats" to the show, and so was doubly frustrated at the news. Not quite good enough for the Herald's editorial, which says "one prerequisite [for public office] ought to be that the candidate likes and respects the city."

Lays responded today with an op-ed piece of his own. Did he back away completely from the post, and say he regrets it? Not quite. His argument goes a little more like this: Guys, you don't get it. It's Mötley Crüe. They kick ass!

As Lays writes:

Richard Lays is happy here, but he was pissed off when Motley Crue canceled. He had awesome seats!

Richard Lays is happy here, but he was pissed off when Motley Crue canceled. He had awesome seats!

The day I found out the Motley Crue concert at the Alerus Center was canceled, I was very angry. I'd been looking forward to that concert for more than six months.

I had third-row center tickets to my favorite band on their final tour. To most people, that probably sounds ridiculous, but as someone who grew up in the 1980s, I know that Motley Crue always will be my favorite band.

I was furious that they had to cancel due to lack of ticket sales. I was extremely upset that we as a community could not sell out one the the greatest bands of the '80s, when in fact I should have been upset with the promoters and marketers who were in charge of getting tickets sold.

Lays goes on to address another controversy, in which he'd referred to some city employees as "assclowns." Plus, he asks the citizens of Grand Forks to accept his apology. 

No need, Richard. In fact, we see this as a turning point in this campaign. The question for the people of Ward 7 in Grand Forks is a simple one: Does Mötley Crüe rock? Or not? <!———EndFragment———>

If your answer is yes, then Richard Lays is your candidate. If your answer is no, we suggest drinking Jack Daniel's, doing lines of coke, and rocking out until you, too, are convinced.