According to Dahl in 1979, the Cohos were locked in a war "dedicated to the eradication of the dread musical disease known as DISCO". For months Dahl promoted a number of anti-disco public events, several of which became unruly. When a discotheque in Linwood, Indiana, switched from disco to rock in June, Dahl showed up, as did several thousand Cohos, and the police had to be called. Later that month, Dahl and several thousand Cohos occupied a teen disco in the Chicago suburbs. At the end of June, Dahl urged his listeners to throw marshmallows at a WDAI promotional van, which was at a shopping mall where a teen disco had been built. The Cohos chased the van and driver and cornered them in a nearby park, though the situation ended without violence. On July 1, a near-riot occurred in Hanover Park, Illinois, when hundreds of Cohos could not enter a sold-out promotional event, and fights broke out. Some 50 police officers were needed to control the situation. When disco star Van McCoy died suddenly on July 6, Dahl marked the occasion by destroying one of his records, "The Hustle", on the air.
1. Because the movie is pretty funny.
2. Because I'm actually a huge KISS fan.
The battle between rock and disco is a prevalent theme throughout the film, but in the end the message is pretty loud and clear, “rock will never die.” In the case of the Disco Demolition Night incident Dahl later admitted in an interview in 2004 that disco was on its way out, but Disco Demolition Night helped usher in its demise a little bit quicker. In the case of the song it’s hard to deny that all who took to the field were avid rock and roll fans, but at the end of the festivities, it was Detroit who gained the most by winning two games in one day, but for only having to play one. In the end, Detroit rocks!