St. Petersburg Times, July 25, 1987:
JACKSONVILLE - Advertisements and concert tickets for an upcoming
Beastie Boys concert carry a warning that reads: "For Mature Audiences
... Adult Subject Matter." The warnings are the result of a city ordinance approved after a February concert by the New York trio that featured props of bare buttocks and a huge phallus that rose from center stage. The group is scheduled to appear with Run-DMC on Aug. 9 at the Jacksonville Coliseum. Bill Adler, the group's manager, offered
no apology for the musicians' last visit. "They don't call themselves
the 'Angel Boys,'" he said.
Associated Press, August 8, 1987:
The Beastie Boys rap group won a temporary injunction Friday against
the "adult subject matter" warnings city officials say must be printed
on tickets for the group's Sunday show here. U.S. District Judge John Moore ruled that the city must remove the
warnings from all advertising and tickets sold between Friday and the
performance Sunday at the Jacksonville Coliseum. Their tour, along with the group Run-D.M.C., includes a stop at the
Orange County Convention and Civic Center tonight.
The group's attorney, Ken Anderson of New York City, said the city's
warning was unfairly aimed at excluding young people from the show. The warnings were ordered by the city council last March after parents complained that the Beastie Boys February concert featured scantily clad showgirls, a 21-foot phallic symbol and bare buttocks.
The Beastie Boys' show was the first to be covered by the Jacksonville
ordinance, which applies to all city facilities. The law requires warning labels on tickets and ads that might contain objectionable material. Violence erupted during the tour last summer in Long Beach, Calif., where dozens of fans were injured.
The Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C were at the Miami baseball stadium Friday night, but police planned no special security. "Just our regular staffing, about 35 officers," said Miami police
spokesman Reginald Roundtree. "If something happens, I'm sure we can handle it."
The Beastie Boys are on a 30-city tour that began June 13 in Honolulu
and ends Aug. 17 in New York.
Orlando Sentinel, August 11, 1987:
The Beastie Boys' much-ballyhooed Jacksonville concert went off
without much problem, but the New York rap group's show was missing
several elements that has giving it a reputation for being vulgar. The
group performed Sunday with props that included three women in cages,
a giant U.S. flag with the band's logo on it and a stage curtain
imprinted with a giant dollar bill. Missing this time were a 21-foot
plastic phallus and the bared buttocks from a February concert that raised objections from some parents and city officials. The group's third appearance in Florida attracted preconcert attention last week when lawyers for the band won a federal lawsuit against a city ordinance requiring a warning label on tickets for acts that might be
Billboard, 12 September 1987 by Lyor Cohen:
In Jacksonville, Fla., the city - enforcing for the first time an ordinance that had been on the books since April- insisted that tickets to our Aug. 9 show carry a printed message warning that it contained "adult subject matter" and was only "for mature audiences."< br/>
Run- D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, and Rush Artist Management sued the city of Jacksonville for violation of their constitutional right to free speech and won a temporary restraining order in federal court. Afterward, one of the local politicians shrugged off the defeat, saying that because the show sold far fewer tickets than expected the council
had achieved what it wanted.
Today, the Jacksonville City Council is begging us to settle this matter out of court.