Thursday, December 1, 2011

Posted by Andrew Jacobs |



Today, the first 130 Fugazi show recordings from 1987 to 2003 were made available to the general public on the Dischord website as part of the website's Fugazi Live Series (all 800+ Fugazi show recordings in the band's vault will eventually be released over time). This being the case, I decided to include a bit of commentary on the one and only Fugazi show that I attended at the Hollywood Palladium on 9/8/91 (flyer above).

This show was quite significant for me for a few different reasons. First and foremost, however, is the fact that it remains BY FAR the biggest hardcore show that I've ever attended in my almost a quarter of a century of going to hardcore shows, both in terms of venue size and attendance. The Palladium holds 4000 people and not only were there, in fact, 4000 people (at least) there that night but the show also sold out well in advance. Another significant thing about this show was that almost all 4000 people were fixated on Fugazi as they played and moving in time to the music. Needless to say, it was quite an unbelievable spectacle to behold. I had never seen anything like it before and I have never seen anything like it since. The third and final reason why this show was significant for me is because less than 3 years after opening for Fugazi at this show, The Offspring would go on to sell millions of records and become one of the most popular bands in the world. To me, however, they will always and forever be just another one of the many, many bands that got blown off the stage by the sheer raw intensity that was Fugazi.

5 comments:

Dan O' said...

Yeah, but how was 411?

ATC said...

How was the mighty 411 that night?

Andrew Jacobs said...

Who?

jav said...

why do you call this a hardcore show?

Andrew Jacobs said...

because that's what it is.

Fugazi = post-hardcore
The Offspring = punk/hardcore
411 = hardcore