Today is Nikki Sixx's 39th birthday. So much for the theory about age begetting wisdom.

According to police, bassist Nikki Sixx, displaying the relative maturity of a, well, 6-year-old, sacked a security guard at a Mötley Crüe concert in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday night, encouraging a melee among the rock group's revved up, rowdy fans. (The very fans the security guard was trying to contain.) Drummer Tommy Lee, 34--Frick to Sixx's Frack--got a shared tackle credit. Both middle-aged boys were blamed for a rush of the stage, which resulted in $15,000 in damages to auditorium chairs at the America West Arena. Ten fans suffered minor injuries.

Sixx and Lee were later arrested and booked on suspicion of misdemeanor of assault and spent the night in jail. They were released early this morning--which frees them up for tonight's scheduled show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the last date in the band's aptly named "Mötley Crüe Vs. Earth" tour.

"It wasn't a pretty incident," Bob Machen, general manager of the America West Arena, said of Wednesday's melee, adding, "[But] it was a very good show."

Mötley Crüe is nothing if not masters at mixing and matching the arts of performing and trouble-making.

In October, the rockers were in hot water for screening a porno movie--via a giant arena projection screen--at one of their shows in Pittsburgh. For the record, the band is said to not to have a clue (we know) where the girls, girls, girls video came from. (Tommy Lee and Baywatch wife Pamela Anderson Lee seem to have a problem with that sort of thing.) Just in case, officials in Pittsburgh are still investigating, and considering possible criminal charges.

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