PORTLAND, Maine — Travis Meeks, the lead singer for the platinum-selling rock band Days of the New, was arrested as a fugitive from justice when he arrived at a Portland venue for a recent concert, the music news outlet Loudwire reported.
Meeks, 35, was taken into custody by a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy as he was arriving at The Asylum night club in Portland for his Friday night show, according to Loudwire, and fans were offered full refunds.
Meeks had an outstanding warrant from Indiana for failing to appear in court to answer charges of possession of a hypodermic needle, Loudwire reported.
Days of the New achieved national success with its debut album in 1997, selling 1.5 million copies and topping the Billboard rock charts for 17 weeks with the single “Touch, Peel and Stand,” while two other singles from the record — “The Down Town” and “Shelf in the Room” — reached the mainstream top 40.
However, the band never replicated that success. The original lineup broke up two years later, and new musicians accompanied Meeks for more than a decade of off-and-on recording and touring, a period in which the singer’s drug problems received publicity in an episode of the cable television network A&E’s reality show “Intervention.”
A reunion of the 1997 band members this year reportedly fizzled, and Loudwire reported that original Days of the New bassist Jesse Vest took a dig at his former bandmate on Facebook, posting: “What’s the best thing about playing in [my new band] The Louisville Crashers? Not having to worry about your singer being picked up on an outstanding warrant when you arrive at the gig.”
Loudwire is owned by Townsquare Media, which also owns Portland radio stations WCYY 94.3 FM, WBLM 102.9 FM, WJBQ 97.9 FM and WHOM 94.9 FM.