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Donald Trump joins Led Zeppelin on the short list of things banned from Tampa Bay



Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump earned a rare distinction by being banned from a city in Tampa Bay on Monday night.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman playfully tweeted that he was “hereby barring” The Donald from the Sunshine City after Trump proposed blocking all Muslim people from entering the United States in response to recent terror threats.

In June of 1977, British rock band Led Zeppelin was similarly banned from Tampa following a washed-out, riotous concert at Tampa Stadium. Then-Mayor William Poe didn’t show a whole lot of love for Robert Plant and crew following the show, saying: “Led Zeppelin will not perform in Tampa again. We have to protect the health and welfare of the police officers as well as the citizens of Tampa.”

Not cool, dude. Not cool.

So what happened? Zeppelin played three songs before  a “blustery Florida cloudburst” hovered over the stadium, sending the musicians scampering, the then-St. Petersburg Times reported. The band never returned to the stage. Two thousand angry fans expressed their displeasure by pushing forward against a plywood barricade.

They “pelted policemen behind the barricade with shoes, bottles and beer cans,” the Times reported. About 60 people, including 22 police officers, were hurt.

Zeppelin never played again in Tampa Bay.

Also on the list of Tampa Bay bans:

The Vietnam Veterans Against the War, which was banned from St. Petersburg’s annual Veterans Day parade in 1971. Officials at the time cited permitting and scheduling conflicts, but the president of the Veterans Liaison Council at the time said he thought the protests should not be in the parade.

And a blood plasma center that was banned from downtown St. Petersburg in 1978. The center would have offered donors $8 per liter. In Trump-like fashion, then-mayor Corinne Freeman said it would have created “a line of vagrants from (St. Pete) to Tampa.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:57am]


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