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Like father, like son.
Mike Veeck, son of famed baseball owner and promotion whiz Bill Veeck, will take a page out of his dad’s book by holding Disco Demolition Night 2: You Better Belieb It at the home stadium of the Charleston RiverDogs, a farm club to the New York Yankees, on this Saturday, July 19.
The event will allow any fan who turns up with a Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus album or merchandise to pay a $1 admission price, then will demolish the records after the game in Charleston, South Carolina’s Riley Park.
The senior Veeck, then the owner of the Chicago White Sox, infamously held his own Disco Demolition on July 12, 1979, in which 40,000 rock fans turned up at Comiskey Park with disco records, forcing the team to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader due to damage to the field.
“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,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “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.”
The first 1,000 fans to arrive will also be given a bobble-leg — yes, you read that correctly — in honor of Bill Veeck, the former Indians and White Sox owner who lost a leg in an artillery accident during World War II, a condition he often joked about.
“It’s the 100th anniversary of his birth,” Mike Veeck told the Post and Courier. “Fun guy. And we always need a little bit of fun and levity. Everything just lined up this week.”
Here’s some footage from the original Disco Demolition night, hosted by local DJ Steve Dahl at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.
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