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Performance Date: 26 July 1987

Country: United States
City: New Orleans, LA
Venue: Lakefront Arena

Other Bands/Artists at the Show:

  • Run-DMC
  • Davy D


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The Washington Post, July 15, 1987
By Richard Harrington:

The Beastie Boys' bad reputation apparently preceded them to New Orleans, where City Councilwoman Dorothy Taylor was so apprehensive about a July 26 concert that she asked city attorneys to look into establishing ordinances to exclude minors from certain shows and set up a concert rating similar to that used in the film industry.

"I've asked them to investigate whether we have the authorization to rate our live entertainment concerts, not only rock, but all of our concerts," Taylor said. "It has been called to my attention that some of the performers at these concerts are violating our state obscenity statutes as they relate to minors. I feel it's our responsibility to provide the necessary protection for those minors. We're also looking at the curfew laws, though we have been told they are virtually unenforceable."

After a meeting with the concert's promoters and Beastie management, Taylor and the city's superintendent of police, Warren Woodfork, were assured the show would be "cleaned up," and Taylor agreed to hold the proposed ordinances in abeyance. However, any "overt violations will result in arrests." Taylor says she was concerned because reports had the audience's age as being primarily 9 to 16, "with females at one point in the show encouraged to take off their tops. There's also simulated masturbation, and female singers in cages." Taylor says she has the support of the city council for two ordinances. The first would require state finance officers to make promoters aware of state obscenity laws; the second would "protect young persons, unmarried and under 17, from live pornographic entertainment events."