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Performance Date: 6 Aug 1987

Country: United States
City: Tampa, FL
Venue: Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall

Other Bands/Artists at the Show:

  • Run-DMC
  • Davy D


Together Forever Tour
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St. Petersburg Times, August 5, 1987
By Dave Scheiber:

In Jacksonville, the city council has declared war on the band that bounces to the beat of juvenile debauchery and parental discretion: All tickets and advertising for the Beastie Boys' North Florida concert on Sunday must bear the warning - "For Mature Audiences; adult subject matter." The ordinance has brought out the animal in the Beasties.

"We just found out about it, and we absolutely oppose this," said band publicist Bill Adler from New York-based Rush Productions. "We're in contact right now with the city's attorneys, and we're attempting to give them a chance to rescind this ordinance, before they get into a terrible and embarrassing fight they are sure to lose. We find it completely unconstitutional."

Will the Beastie Boys vent their moral outrage and find justice in a Jacksonville courtroom? Will they fight for their right to party without interference from local lawmakers?

"Hey, we're not exactly angels; I mean we've done some hectic s--- in our day, but it's not like we're something to be scared of," said Adam Yauch, alias "MCA" in the three-member group. "It's not like we're some kind of satanic mission or something. We're just havin' a good time."

And for better or worse, the Boys are back in the Tampa Bay area this week, just two months after it appeared that no concert halls in Pinellas or Hillsborough counties would give them the time of day. Several weeks ago, however, the Florida State Fairgrounds gave them both a time (8 p.m.) and a day (Thursday) to stage their raucous blend of rap, R-rated language and off-color antics, along with co-headlining band Run-DMC.

That musical mix proved rather combustible during the Beastie Boys' last national tour, "License to Ill." Outbreaks of post-concert violence marred several performances--including a Feb. 25 show at St. Petersburg's Bayfront Center. But it was the stuff happening during the concerts that really rattled parents and community leaders.

In addition to all the swearing and generally lewd behavior, the Beasties featured several novelty acts: a bikini-clad go-go dancer and a 21-foot hydraulic phallus, which would rise suggestively from center stage.

The coupling of sex-oriented shows and parking-lot muggings did not bode well for Beastland. The Pinellas County Council of PTAs mobilized, warning parents to investigate rock bands before allowing their children to see them. The Bayfront Center went on record: No more Beastie bookings. The USF Sun Dome closed its doors, primarily due to a bad experience with Run-DMC last summer.

"The last time Run-DMC was here, we had some significant problems outside; multiple arrests and substantial trouble," said Sun Dome coordinator Dan Walbolt. "It was such that we knew we had to watch the situation very carefully. When the tour began out in Los Angeles, there were all kinds of headlines saying that this tour would cause even more trouble than the last one. We just decided it was just not worth it at this place and at this time. So we declined the booking."

Tampa Stadium, meanwhile, had no suitable dates, and might have turned the band away in any case. "It would have been a tough call," said stadium manager Rick Nafe. But amid all the controversy spurred by the Bayfront show, something has gotten lost in the shuffle: The Beastie Boys have been tamer during their current "Together Forever" tour with Run-DMC. The 21-foot prop has been eliminated from the show, and on-stage behavior has reportedly been toned down from the previous tour. On top of that, there have been no reports of violence this time around. Now, Yauch says he just wants the press and parents to give the band a break, and stop dwelling on past trouble.

"We're just up there to play some music," he said. "We're not up there to be the most outrageous group in the world. We're not the Sex Pistols. I think parents are just being too overprotective of their kids. But that's the worst thing they could do. They should just say, 'Go ahead and see the Beastie Boys, they're a bunch of idiots.' I mean, we are a bunch of idiots. We're not preachin' anything. But for parents to hide their kids from us and the world is wrong. It's sad."

To Fantasma president John Stoll, whose production company is staging the show, all the bad publicity is unwarranted.

"It's just a regular show now," Stoll said. "But people keep talking about the violence and the obscenity. It's so overdone at this point that it's ridiculous."

Fairgrounds officials did some checking of their own after Stoll contacted them last month. They saw enough positive evidence to book the show. According to event coordinator Tony Delgado, a number of precautions were taken right from the start: organizing security with the Hillsborough County sheriff's department, the Fairgrounds' in-house security crew and the Los Angeles security force that accompanies the Beastie Boys. That firm will install portable metal detectors at the Fairgrounds to make sure no dangerous objects are carried inside. In addition, Delgado says that the layout of the Fairgrounds, located on the outskirts of town along I-4, insures further security.

"Unlike the other facilities in the area, we have a fenced-off parking lot and are totally enclosed here," he said. "And we've made provisions with the sheriff, that once the concert starts, anybody in the parking lot without tickets will be escorted out. That had been one of the big problems before in some of the more urban sites. People could just walk into the lots, hang out and cause trouble. That won't happen out here."

Judging from the ticket count, things might be quieter than usual for a Beastie Boys/Run-DMC show. Only 1,120 tickets had been sold as of Wednesday morning for the 11,700 Expo Hall, according to a Fairgrounds official. Still, the Beastie Boys are ready with their usual body-slamming, boisterous revelry.

"People like to make us look like freaks, but we'll stand up next to any rock 'n' roll act there is," said publicity director Adler. "Put us on stage next to Bruce Springsteen. Let him do a set; then us. In terms of excitement, nobody delivers more than the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. It's a superb show."

The PTA will be watching.

St. Petersburg Times, August 7, 1987
By Bob Andelman:

Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys, Thursday night at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tampa

TAMPA - The good news is that the Beastie Boys left their inflatable phallus at home. The bad news is that they showed up at all. Throughout 50 minutes of a largely inaudible performance Thursday night before 4,100 people at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the trio of renowned delinquents screeched every four-letter word not in the dictionary, waddled about the stage slinging microphones between their legs and swigged beer after beer. But the Beasties were the worst. They make Motley Crue seem sophisticated and Pee-wee Herman mature.

Behind them were three young women in metal cages, two chosen from the audience, and one who travels with the band. At the start of the show, one of the Beasties offered beer to the amateurs. Later, another Beastie took snapshots of the professional dancer--between her legs. That's their whole show--obscenities, lewd behavior and loud noise. The closest these ding dongs came to music was the backing track to their hit "Fight for Your Right (To Party)." It is, coincidentally, their only tune with the standard guitar and drum track.

It's a shame the notoriety of the B-Boys overshadowed the headliners and only legitimate musical attraction on this ticket, Run-DMC.

Despite their overly long chit-raps between songs, Run-DMC continued to offer a glimmer of hope for rap as a lasting musical form during their hour-long set. It would be hard to find more invigorating beat-bashers than "It's Tricky" and "You Be Illin'."

As concerts go, it would have been more fun to stay home and wait for Jim and Tammy to return to the PTL Club.

Special note to kids whose parents kept them home from this concert: They did you a favor. Really. If you like rap, buy a couple of Run-DMC albums with the $16.50 you just saved. And if you still crave the Beastie Boys, throw a tantrum. That's what they would do. Then grow up.