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.
My first show was Corrosion of Conformity Friday Feb 13, 1986 and next was Bad Brains 2/20/86. Nothing ever has compared to the pit at the plex!
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Hey everyone from way back in the day! I'm jimi newton, I had long bleached blonde hair & wore a black leather biker jacket, black leather engineer boots ala Jim Morrison & Glenn Danzig respectively, and mostly black concert t-shirts in the mid-80's when I hung out @ The Plex. which I tended to frequent quite a lot back then!
Btw, I'm 45 now, and amazingly still have my long hair, it's just not bleached blonde anymore! lol I think my first Plex show was in 1985 or 86 when the Circle Jerks played (I can't really remember which!) but I do remember getting to the show & not even having enough money for a train back home in dekalb county, chamblee.
I also remember asking Keith Morris (the CJs lead singer) for a buck or two, if he had it, and he gladly obliged. What great shows I saw back then too! I saw everyone from Megadeth, Savatage, Wendy O. Williams & The Plasmatics (RIP Wendy, you were ALWAYS one of my faves!) Corrosion Of Conformity, Samhain, Death Angel, Overkill, Anthrax, Testament, Bloodfeast, The Necros, Paul Di'Anno's Battlezone,etc. oh & who couldn't forget The Plex's Premier house band, Hallows Eve! I cannot even count how many times I saw HE @ The Plex back then!
Incidentally, I was also @ the very infamous VENOM (NO SHOW) show that night too! And the openers were: Jerry Weldon's Threshold Of Pain, Holy Innocence & Hallows Eve!!!
The Plex was a home away from home for a lot of us back then.
It was a very cool & memorable place where everyone hung out &
there was definitely a sense of a real community when you were there! Something unfortunately lacking in our current ATL scene. :(
I guess that's why I always feel kinda nostalgic & melancholy now
when I think about it. Good times & some great times were had by all
who attended!!! :) Sure, the place was a dive, but back then, it WAS OUR DIVE and OUR PLACE to be who we wanted to be!!! :)
If any of my old friends & peeps, I hung out w/ back then read this, hit me up on myspace-myspace.com/darkevillordviper666
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I'd really love to talk w/ any of you that remember me!
I was a student in a Florida comunity college in 84 and we took a trip at a convention at the Castlegate and visited the Limelight. What a trip, nothing like it in Sarasota, or probably anywhere other then New York. People having sex in the boths, a silver painted mime out front. They would shoot dollar bills out a tube system over the dance floor. Never forget it. When I moved to Atlanta 7 years later Rupert's had replaced the Limelight and that place was cool too and I am surprised its not listed on here. A full orchestra playing the dance tunes of the day. My favorite in the 90s.
Wow, Oh my, Memories! Good sweet memories!! I remember hanging out at The Plex, and seeing such bands as, The Chili Peppers, Motorhead, MegaDeath, Anthrax, C.O.C, Distorded, Murphy's Law, and countless other bands. It would all start with getting drunk in the parking lot to the right, next to the Plex and going in and seeing a great shows, filled with energy and young rage. Then after the shows hanging outside still drinking beer, then riding the trains that would come by down past the Omni and back. What great memories!
Someone said "Kicks", Who can forget, John the Greek, Wayne, Louise, T.C.(which I will always LOVE!!), Dino, So many more That just bring a huge smile to my face!! If you are reading this, Hello to Felix, Mike, Prefect Tommy, Drag-Queen, Joker, Lisa, Fubar, T.C., those where some of the best times of our lives!! Kat-(Christine)
I was one of the fortunate to have attended this strange park. I still have a pennant from it. I met Gilligan there and vividly remember the singing midgets. The lady midget was singing "Baby Face" and during the song asked me if I was married. I was seven or so at the time and was so awe struck, I said yes. The pinball ride was cool, but I remember it being SUPER loud. The crystal carousel was broken and that made me sad. The Puffinstuff ride was my favorite as I watched the show all the time. Riding the escalator up to a carnival type entrance with a guy walking on stilts and balloons everywhere was really cool. I remember looking over the balcony at the ice skating rink too.
I LOVED THE SID AND MARTY KROFFT PARK. I STILL HAVE MY TICKET STUBS AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I WISH IT WERE STILL AROUND SO I COULD HAVE TAKEN MY OWN CHILDREN TO SEE THE JOY AND STRANGE WONDER OF IT ALL. THE CRYSTAL CAROUSEL WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD AND I CAN STILL SEE IT IN MY MIND AS IF IT WERE JUST YESTERDAY. I THINK THE PINBALL RIDE WAS THE THE MOST UNUSUAL RIDE STILL. AFTER 40 YEARS I CAN STILL SEE THAT STRANGE MAGICAL ENCHANTED PLACE AS IF I HAD JUST BEEN THERE. A RETURN IS WANTED AND BELIEVE ME IT WOULD BE ENJOYED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND ACCEPTED BY YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN TO EMBRACE THE MAGIC OF IT ALL.
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Man, John Dunn was a roommate of mine a long while back in Boulder, CO, and I had the pleasure of watching Truckadelic jam out many years later at a little rock shack in Los Angeles. I've got their tunes in my Ipod and man if they couldn't rock out. If anyone comes across Dunn's whereabouts, tell him Evan's looking for him: firstname.lastname@example.org
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