LIES collected and written by George Barker, Lesli Baker and Jon Bleyer
November 6, 1986 was a momentous night in Tallahassee FL. The Reverend Billy Graham was bringing his Crusade to the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The faithful from North FL, South GA and Lower AL were all flocking to the show. One such group arrived in a church van from south GA. To beat the Civic Center's $8.00 parking fee, they chose to park on a nearby side street. A quiet little street, an over-grown lot occupied most of one side of the block, a run-down little chapel and a dirt parking lot on the other. Being strong, country folk they thought nothing of the two-block walk to the Civic Center and took off with Jesus in their hearts.
The Holy Rollers were unaware that another momentous event was being held in Tallahassee that evening. The legendary hardcore band Bad Brains was appearing at CA Chapel. To be sure, the cream of Tallahassee hardcore society was coming out to see one of the best bands around.
Just as church group returned to claim their van, the CA crowd came pouring out into the street at the end of the first set. The group of three men in ill-fitting suit jackets and four women in ankle length skirts, hair in top knots and kerchiefs, were forced to walk by the Mohawked, shaved head, dyed head, goth attired crowd to retrieve their vehicle. Just as the sanctuary of the van seemed assured Too Tall (6'9" 245 lbs./ 201 cm 111 kg) came lurching out of the bushes. Quart of beer under one arm, zipping his up his fly, the sight was too much for one church sister who fell in a dead faint in the middle of the street. Not wanting to add to the tensions Too Tall headed quickly back to the club. A couple of locals were quick to comment though. "Bet you wish you paid for parking." and "Oh man you should have used the bathroom before leaving the Civic Center." Sure enough, the poor woman had wet herself.
Wouldn't it be great to have a tape of the Crusader's conversation as they fled Babylon for the safety of their South GA homes?
"Christian crusade evangelist Rev. Billy Graham gestures during a Wednesday news conference as he fielded questions. Graham, who began his ministry nearly 50 years ago in Florida, said he's prayed that the 8-day crusade beginning Sunday in Florida's capital city will bring Christ to the unsaved and unify Christians in Florida and South Florida."
5/22/2022 06:23:21 am
Wish I had been at that show. Wish in fact I had not been so intimidated by that scene to just join in and help. Instead I got more involved with the Student Campus Entertainment group over on FSU. I graduated from Godby and the scene there was rednecks and racial tension. Anywho, ended up going all the way to Pensacola to see them (Bad Brains) and it was one of the most phenomenal shows I ever saw.
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