Band Leader Charged Over Stage Act
When does a stage act become obscene?
A Chicago rock group called G.G. Allin and the Toilet Rockers presented police with that question Tuesday night when the leader of the group reportedly defecated on the stage, threw his feces into the audience adn had a second band member urinate in a glass and drink it.
Police were called to the Odd Rock Café, 2010 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., about 15 minutes after the group began its bizarre act at 9:30 p.m. Police said that about 40 patrons witnessed the act.
Shortly after arriving, police were shown a videotape of the band’s brief performance and arrested Kevin M. Allin, 32, of Midlothian, Ill. The videotape was made by a member of the audience.
Allin was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was released from custody Wednesday on $500 cash bail.
A second band member was arrested on a charge of interfering with an arrest.
John Carter, chief city prosecutor, ordered the owner of the cafe, Jack Koshick, to appear for a license review hearing Thursday.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, Koshick, 33, said he wasn’t aware of what the group’s act would include when he booked the group.
Koshick said he stopped the show after Allin began defecating on the stage. He said Allin became angry and began throwing things, including his own excrement, at the audience.
Versions of what actually occurred during the performance vary. But police said that part of the act included a stunt in which one of the group’s three members urinated in a glass and drank it.
Koshick said eventually he “told the sound man to cut the power,” closed the club and told people waiting outside the club for a later show that it had been canceled. He refunded the $8 admission.