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If memory serves (and mine rarely does these days) The Metroplex was the first club I ever went to. I was underage, but I was a big black guy that looked a bit older. I remember being able to buy a case of black label from the package store 'round the corner. I took it back to the warehouse that was across the street and made a lot of friends. There was a guy that was always there. I think his name was Johnny. He had a reputation for fighting but seemed pretty laid back to me.
Out of all the bands I may have seen up there, I can only remember watching Head East play up there. Isn't that kinda lame? I saw my first stage dive there, mosh pit, and anything else that was punk. I remember the cops hated the place. One night one cop pulled up while there were a lot of people taking a smoke break. He sat for a few and then took off. A few minutes later he came back with his friends. The guy I rode down with tossed me his keys and dived at the cops. He was cheered on by the crowd as he was arrested. I was still 16 and didn't know how to drive. My old man had to come get me. That was a long ride back to Marietta...
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Used to go up to Atlanta and hang at the Plex in 87 and 88. Remember the guy who would go around getting money for parking. Never did figure out if he actually worked there or just did it on his own. One night two Mercedes full of rich kids showed up and their leader started screaming at him that he wouldn't pay and threatened to beat his ass. We went over and while my buddy got up in the idiot's face I went over to the girls car and in a couple minutes had them so scared they wouldn't make it out of that part of town, never threatened them at all, just talked about the area, they were bawling and finally all of them pulled out. One night we found a homeless dude and took him in drinking with us. We nicknamed him Senator Scott. Took a cooler full of beer and shared with the homeless dudes one night sitting around in the parking lot. Got kicked out of the Plex one night and went up to the Phoenix. A lot of people couldn't believe I made it out alive. Good times. Good times.
Fast forward 5 years and he was obsessed with Alicia Keys.
Saw many amazing shows there with a lot of really good friends - Butthole Surfers / Bad Brains / Fields of the Nephilim / GWAR a couple of times / The Mentors / The Jesus and Mary Chain. Best was winning tickets from "Personality Crisis" on WREK to see Dead Kennedys on the Frankenchrist tour. I was 15 and I took my 14 year old friend who was the only other person I knew in the big city of Buford, GA who was into punk. We had my mom drop us off far away so we could walk to the place with no one seeing us - and I'll never forget the crazy ass crowd of punks outside trying to get into this sold out show. We were a couple scrawny little pip-squeak white-boys and figured we'd never make it in even though we were on the guest list and were saying something about it to each other, when this enormous black dude with a mohawk (who I would later know as Felix) grabbed us by the hands and parted the punks like Moses and the Red Sea. He took us straight to the door and and said "these gentlemen are on the guest list" and that got us in! What an amazing show! First time at the Plex. Stood right by the stage and nearly got my head caved in by a stage-diver. Jello threatened to stop the show if it happened again, and it did - but this time all I saw were fists with spiked wrist bands smashing into the guy and he didn't dive again.
I have some great pix from the Bad Brains show if anyone wants to stroll down memory lane: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204635408948416&type=1&l=c6931401c6
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The Plex was definitely a major part of my growing up. Best live shows ever. I always managed to get right up in the very front of the stage. Felt like the band was signing for me. ;-) Circle Jerks, 7 Seconds, Suicidal Tendencies, Dayglo Abortions, Exploited and Jesus and Mary Chain are just some of the bands I remember off the top of my head. I remember those stupid racist skinheads, Old Glory Skins, trying to convert all the skins to be basically the redneck trash that they were. That was a big deal at the time. Definitely saw my share of fights, but happy I was never in one. even remember some shooting in the parking lot. I went there during the DNC to protest a KKK rally and there were all these police in riot gear. This was also blocking access to the Alternative 88 festival. It was such BS that this caused the demise of my favorite club. After it had shut down a friend and I went in one day (it was not locked) must have been after the fire, but all the stuff was still in there. Records on the ceilings and the booths. I found a cardboard Reagan voodoo doll that I still have to this day. Not to mention all the band flyers I still have. I will always be nostalgic for the times I spent at the Plex.
Anyone, out there, remember The Keyboard Lounge on Piedmont Rd., next door to the ice skating rink? Ruth was the piano player, keep everyone singing along, The owner, I can't recall hes name, played piano with a three piece jazz combo that was next to none. I had so much fun there. On New Years Eve, 74? I was wiped out. The only time in my life I have ever, been intoxicated. I would like to here from anyone, that recalls those days.
"688 was for old folks" Really? I was in my 20s and lived nearby when the incredible club opened. I saw some of the most amazingly raw and intimate performances by artists such as James Brown/R.E.M./Psychedelic Furs/Billy Idol/Debbie Harry/B52s/Gary Numan/ The Cramps/ and Iggy Pop playing more then three days for touring rehearsals! It was the go to place for many artists of the early 80s!
OMG! In the mid to late 80's I practicly lived at the Plex! Being friends with the band Hallow's Eve spent more than one show on stage leading the crowd in the "Goblet of Gore" chant. Memories of a by gone era!!! I miss that place. Great Venue to see a band for sure!
@mary maras Is it too late to reminisce??? It's just turned 2013, get back to me before at least 2016.....meow.
I used to DJ at the Metroplex for AUC parties and the Pheonix (sp) and Lorretta's on Peachtree st.
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I have some old video footage DJ's behind the chicken wire...lol
We used to pack that place for our parties and all the punk rock kids who squatted there had to find somewhere to go when we did our thing there.
Yeah, I got lots of historic memories of the late 70s to the late 90s in Atl's nightlife.
I miss them, too! I remember seeing a show in late '97 or '98 at the Star Bar. I saw them there many times...opening for Dave Alvin and opening for Buick MacKane (Alejandro Escovedo's garage band, I saw a Halloween show in drag, and I saw them several times when I moved back to Houston in 2001. The last time that I saw them - at Houston's Continental Club - Dunn told me that they were all frstrated, as Billy points out in the announcement. Dunn said that he had an engineering degree, and was beginning to to believe that he needed to move on to that career. I can't say that I blame them. I still listen to both CDs and the 4-song sampler a lot. I still can't figure out why they dind't make it. Maybe in today's world with the de-emphasis of major labels, they would have made it.
Hot Tuna, Yellowman, Motorhead, etc. !! Many a night at the Plex
in the 80's Atlanta had a great nite life. I think I went to everyone of those clubs and thanks to my very cool uncle Frank who was a photographer for creative loafing paper
I got back stage at many concerts. I remember meeting Wendy O Williams at the Agora Ballroom got a really cool poster from her. Thanks for the memories Old Atlanta and Uncle Frank. Jan S. Atlanta
To this date I still believe the Plex was the best live music venue this city has had. The layout was perfect in my mind (and hey if my fake Id didn't work one night, I could just use a long straw thru the chicken wire)
In some clubs, there are "ringside" seats (right at the edge of the stage) and tips can be placed (or thrown) on the stage. Most dancers do notice where the cash is - and can tell a 1 from a 10 at ten yards distance. Naturally, if the guy at the other end of the stage is dropping 10's, and you are putting down 1's - well you know where she is going to concentrate her attention, and if you look like a bum, you will be treated that way any day of the week.
Where the seats are not right along the stage, but behind a bar or a row of tables, the dancers will usually come around after finishing their "set" (usually two songs) looking for tips after their set. Most will indicate where they expect the bills - the most common places I have seen are: 1-in the g-string 2-between their tits 3-between their butt cheeks. There are variations, of course, and some will be flexible, depending on what you look like, what night of the week it is, etc. Some will give you a bit of a feel, but this also is variable. On a Tuesday morning, you will likely get more mileage than on a Friday night, when she has lots of other guys vying for her attention.
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