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Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

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.

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Posted by Shane Norton on 07/05/2015 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Bike courier

Haha funny question considering Kozmo is dead for over a decade...

Posted by jason.j.woody on 03/28/2015 at 2:45 AM

Re: “John Mayer

Fast forward 5 years and he was obsessed with Alicia Keys.

Posted by Kimberly Wilson on 03/20/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

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

Posted by Craig Varian on 03/18/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Todd Butler (1964-2004)

I love you dad!!

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Posted by katlea101 on 02/17/2015 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

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.

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Posted by frogger_24 on 02/15/2015 at 1:55 AM

Re: “My very own opium den

Morphine and heroin are pretty similar as far as addiction potential, seeing as if one is addicted to heroin and does some morphine that day they will still get well, get high, or at least get less sick depending on how much they do and how high their tolerence. In fact, heroin ingested through insulfation rather than injection is chemically morphine by the time it is through the blood/brain barrier and the effects are felt; sniffing a bump of h is actually quite a common way that users ingest the drug.

Posted by informeduser on 08/01/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “They wanna rock 'n' roll all night

This can be common problem for many fathers. They have to restrict themselves from doing such things which are not suitable for their kids like drinking wine.
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Posted by victoriaburn on 06/28/2014 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Numbers game

I will never forget that morning, going to work and seeing the yellw crime tape and presence of police vehicles in the cemetery. I will never forget Jessica Marie Schultz. At that time my own daughter also a Jessica M.S. was working in a high paying job which was also dangerous. She worked in NY and though circumstances were different these 2 young women- each J.M.S. were in perilous situations. It is still painful to me when I think of this young woman and her death which didn't seem to get the attention it should have.

Posted by Patricia Hollister on 03/25/2014 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Go fly a kite

Hello!
Not sure if you are still around Atlanta, but if so, we'd love to have you join our new meetup! Hoping to get a group of kiters who can travel to the coast together when there is wind! We are having our first happy hour this Thursday in Brookhaven. http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Kiteboarders/

Thanks!

- Jenn

Posted by Jennifer Greany Gunter on 01/05/2014 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Bike courier

How would one go about applying to this service as a courier and also what is the address of the warehouse?

Posted by Justin Moody on 01/03/2014 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

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.

Posted by Robert Lewis Sidowey on 11/18/2013 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

"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!

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Posted by John Wright on 10/19/2013 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

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!

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Posted by Celtic Fury on 08/20/2013 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Curtain

The New Republic | November 16, 1992 | O'Donnell, Mark
Brain calling Hand:
Release at my command.
Hand calling Brian:
I do what you ordain.
Heart calling Hand:
Retrieve the blowing sand.
Hand calling Heart:
I've no such magic art.
Heart calling Hand:
You do not understand.
Hand calling Brain:
The Heart has gone insane.
Brain calling Heart:
Can’t overturn the cart.
Heart calling Brain:
Hope hurts more than pain.
Brain calling Heart:
You are mad. Break apart.
Heart calling Brain:
I can't explain. I can't explain.

Posted by erd7 on 04/29/2013 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

@mary maras Is it too late to reminisce??? It's just turned 2013, get back to me before at least 2016.....meow.

Posted by Gary Stephen Brackett Jr on 01/28/2013 at 4:35 AM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

I used to DJ at the Metroplex for AUC parties and the Pheonix (sp) and Lorretta's on Peachtree st.
Member of Weekends.

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.


respect

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Posted by Hafez Harris on 01/14/2013 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Santa Claus

Ho Ho Ho Santa Kip here from Northern Michigan.Real beard Santa last 6years.Attended the C.W.Howard Santa Claus School in Midland last year. Would Love to work this season down in Atlanta as that is the home of our only two grand childern. Have a background check done by the Federnal Order Of Real Beard Santa too.
contact SantaKip59@gmail.com and I can send some pic's
Merry Christmas all!:-)

Posted by Kip Mapes on 08/31/2012 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Truckadelic's dead end

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.

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Posted by El Capitan on 05/31/2012 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Ghosts of hotspots past

Hot Tuna, Yellowman, Motorhead, etc. !! Many a night at the Plex

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Posted by Jeffrey Simmons on 05/11/2012 at 9:18 PM

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