On July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox held Disco Demolition Night, which describes exactly what happened: A bunch of people — at the urging of a Chicago radio DJ — brought a bunch of disco records to a doubleheader between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers, and promoters blew them up between the games. Thing is, way more disco-haters showed up than anticipated, so there wasn’t nearly enough security at the game and fans rushed the field after the aforementioned demolition. The second game was initially postponed and then declared a forfeit the next day by American League president Lee MacPhail, as the field was deemed to be unplayable because of the explosion and ensuing melee.
No American League game has been forfeited since then. The fiasco made such an indelible impact that some say it helped speed the decline of disco, at least according to this staggeringly long Wikipedia entry.
Anyway, the Class A Charleston RiverDogs in South Carolina will tempt fate by holding “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It” on Saturday. This time, the team will destroy Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus music and paraphernalia after its game against the Augusta GreenJackets. Anyone who brings a Bieber or Cyrus item to the game gets in for $1 a ticket, and the team says it no longer will play music by either performer.
“Like so many, we have taken special exception to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus’s music along with his numerous run-ins with the law and her controversial performances,” RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols said in a statement. “‘Disco Demolition 2′ is dedicated to the eradication of their dread musical disease, like the original Disco Demolition attempted to do. We are going to take Bieber and Cyrus’s merchandise and memorabilia, put it in a giant box, and blow it to smithereens. It is all in good fun, and we guarantee there won’t be a forfeit of a game.”
Mike Veeck, who came up with the idea for the original Disco Demolition Night as the White Sox’ promotions director, naturally is now president of the RiverDogs.