|St. Petersburg Times (25 July 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 (8 August 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
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
The Beastie Boys are on a 30-city tour that began June 13 in Honolulu
and ends Aug. 17 in New York.
St. Petersburg Times (8 August 1987):
JACKSONVILLE - The Beastie Boys rap-music 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
at the Jacksonville Coliseum. U.S. District Judge John H. Moore ruled
that the city must remove the warnings from all advertising and
tickets sold after his ruling. The group's attorney, Ken Anderson of
New York City, said the warnings were unfairly aimed at excluding
young people from the show. The City Council ordered the warnings
after parents complained about a Beastie Boys performance in February.
Orlando Sentinel (11 August 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