Virginia Beach Amphitheater Keeps Liquor License

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Virginia Beach was allowed to keep it's liquor license after a ruling from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The investigation was brought in the wake of a Motley Crue concert at the Amphitheater. A complaint was filed when a Crue band member took a camcorder into the crowd, exhorting female concert-goers to expose their breasts for the camera which were then displayed on the amphitheater's large projection screens.

The investigation was concluded when it was determined that the venue properly pulled the plug on the lurid display by cutting off power to the projection system the Virginia Pilot reported.

The popular amphitheater has played host to over 300 concerts in the last decade and the partnership with the city of Virginia Beach has been profitable, netting over 100,000 in proceeds. It has also been the center of controversy in Virginia Beach. Local club owners have complained that liquor control laws have been overlooked for the venue while being applied to their clubs. There have been more than 1200 police-involved incidents at the facility that include fights, drug arrests and one death of a 21 year old concertgoer who collapsed at a heavy metal show. Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Martingayle has requested an investigation of the facility as a "nuisance" establishment. Stay tuned for further developments. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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