When I first saw this, all I saw was “Disco Demolition 2 Set for Saturday at the Joe.” I quickly gasped in horror because I didn’t want people to blow up their old disco records like folks were doing at Comiskey Park in 1979. I’d take all those records and find them a new home! Anyway, I actually read the article found on the Holy City Sinner site and found out everything is going to be okay. They’re going to destroy Justin Bieber and Mylie Cyrus paraphernalia. (Thank you auto correct for correcting my usage of the word “Bieber.” I guess it didn’t understand why I was actually writing that name.) Anyway, here’s the write up:
Thirty-five years and one week after it was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” will be revived by the Charleston RiverDogs this Saturday at The Joe.
The original promotion, which was organized by current RiverDogs President Mike Veeck, continues to be one of the most well-known marketing ideas in sports history. This time around, there will be a 21st Century spin on the event and the the Charleston franchise will ensure no forfeiture occurs (see video below).
Instead of obliterating disco records like they did in 1979, “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It” will feature the destruction of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus music and paraphernalia. The demo will take place at the conclusion of the RiverDogs 6:05 pm game against the Augusta GreenJackets.
Fans that bring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus items to the game will receive a $1 ticket. Those items will be put into a giant box and, as RiverDogs General Manger Dave Echols puts it, they will be blown to smithereens.
“Disco Demolition 2” is not the only promotion the RiverDogs will have on Saturday. The fist 1,000 fans through the gate will get a Bill Veeck Bobble-Leg doll. It will also be Military Appreciation Night and Social Media Saturday.
For more information or to order tickets, visit the Riley Park Box Office, call (843) 577-DOGS (3647), or head on-line to www.riverdogs.com.
I’m not a baseball fan but, I’d definitely go to say I’ve watched some Top40 bubblegum pop get destroyed.
***Edit*** PartyDad and I were just discussing this event in some detail on Facebook. I wanted to clarify my true feelings about the whole event. Well, because when I wrote this post at 5am, I didn’t really make it clear what my true intentions were. Anyway, here’s my post to him, and it pretty much sums up how I feel about Disco Demolition Night and this one that will be held this weekend.
I wouldn’t mind seeing people blow up Bieber and Cyrus albums and merchandise if people could actually be mature about it and realize that it’s just entertainment. However, destroying anything that people hold value to (even if it is Bieber and Cyrus) will be hurt by it. The Beiber fans and Cyrus fans will take offense to this. When Dahl destroyed all those albums, I don’t truly believe that he understood the ramifications of it. I think he was just an idiot. Even worse, he was an idiot with a lot of followers. And well, we already know what happens when an idiot and a bunch of people who don’t understand a simple culture get together by how the first Disco Demolition night went down. All the people’s lives that straight up real disco touched and help bring together were hurt by this. You and I both know that disco and real clubs (such as the Paradise Garage) gave minorities, homosexuals, and other social outcasts a place to feel welcome and belong. Disco was just a big part of that culture. I would even be bold to say that it was the glue of it. I could only imagine what it would have been like to be alive then, to be part of the real disco culture, and to see essentially what I believed in – peace, love, and having a good time – being destroyed right before my eyes.
So it comes to this, would I pay to go to see albums of Cyrus and Bieber blown up? Of course I would! I love explosions! However, most people aren’t like me and can’t see an explosion as “just an explosion for entertainment sakes.” To some people, Bieber’s music may be their disco. Cyrus’s twerking may be some people’s hustle. In the end, it’s not right to create a spectacle by destroying what others love.