A Band in Bondage

Postshow arrest leaves Eroticide feeling down and out in Mesa

At midnight, Adams received a call from a frantic Shane Floerchinger, the Nile's in-house promoter who had booked Eroticide. Police officers were searching Adams' apartment, which sits above the club at 105 West Main.

"Shane said there were six or seven cops in my apartment. So I jumped in my van and hauled ass over there. The minute I walked across the street, several cops grabbed me, pushed me against their vehicle and slapped handcuffs on me.

"I asked if I was being charged with anything, and every time I asked for a warrant, they said I would see it later on. They drove me down to the station and stuck me in a dark room on the third floor until 6 a.m."

Adams says he was eventually shown a warrant which mentioned the Nile Theater, but did not include his apartment, which bears a different suite number from the bar.

The next day, he says, he was served with a second warrant, whereupon police officers confiscated his computer, Rolodex, business records, stereo system, driver's license and $3,000 from his safe which was not included in the police inventory.

McWilliams says that on the night of the show, officers were looking for the band's props and for Adams' business records and that they had thought his "office" was part of the Nile. "During that investigation," McWilliams says, "it was determined that Corey was in possession of stolen items." Detective Clay Faulkner says police returned the next day with a new search warrant, this one for stolen items, and found a "wall unit, stereo components, and miscellaneous furnishings." Adams has not yet been charged with anything.

"This is the last straw," Adams says. "I don't know how much more I can take of the City of Mesa. They're spending a lot of money hiring people to redesign the downtown area. The city just paid $1.2 million for the Bank One building directly across the street from us. They want to put in executive offices, retail space and a five-star restaurant on the bottom floor, and they don't want the Nile Theater across the street where there are Marilyn Manson look-alikes running around with skateboards and Mohawks. Unfortunately, we were here first."

Adams has been arrested before. When the Nile opened three and a half years ago, the building wasn't up to code and he was nailed for lacking proper permits.

But this time it's personal, says the promoter. "This thing that happened on Friday is 100 percent a plot to shut down the Nile. This is Mesa, and I'm the antichrist. They think I'm a big drug kingpin and money launderer, just rolling in the dough and living large, and that I film pornos in the basement. I think they thought they were going to find the mother lode."

Asked whether he regrets that the Eroticide show was all-ages, he says, "To tell you the truth, I probably would've made it a 21-and-up show. I wish I would've taken the time to oversee things, but it wasn't my show."

Meanwhile, a third warrant was issued to Charles Delk. Police officers confiscated a blow-up doll and a spiked phallus from the singer's Mesa home.

"They're determined to make me out to be a psychotic, twisted individual," Delk says. "This is what I do. I put a lot of time and money into this stuff, and it sucks to have the pigs come in and take all your stuff and not give it back."

Delk, who works in a tropical-fish store by day, has invested thousands of dollars in equipment and costumes since Eroticide formed in 1991. The tab for a recent show came to $1,100. His contact lenses alone cost $700.

Most of his props are handwrought, including the phalluses, for which Delk gladly shares a recipe over the phone. "First you sculpt it out of oil-based clay, and once you get your phallus made, you take a plaster-of-Paris cast off of it, and you cook it in a conventional oven for eight hours, then you airbrush it."

The process, he explains, yields toxic fumes and should not be attempted without proper ventilation: "I shouldn't be cooking rubber in my oven," he says. "It tends to give me memory loss. Besides, who wants to eat chicken that tastes like a condom?"

For that matter, who wants a dose of Eroticide's campy bad taste, grotesque theatrics, insanely monotonous music and wildly entertaining far-flung fantasies?

"Hey, we're not everyone's band," says Delk in defense. "And we're not out to corrupt anybody. We play to the already corrupted.

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