Al up front for a Minor Threat sing along, 6/12/83, at the Channel in Boston, Photo courtesy of: Al Quint
My choice would be the first real DIY hardcore show I saw and that was Minor Threat, FU's, SS Decontrol and The Proletariat at the Gallery East. I even remember the date--June 12, 1982. I guess you could say Gallery East is a pretty legendary venue in Boston hardcore history since it hosted some incredible shows during that time. It was Minor Threat's first local appearance (the first of three over the following year) and they played second just in case the show got shut down, so they wouldn't have driven up from DC for nothing. I just remember being amazed at how much energy that band had and how it fed off the audience and vice versa. Ian darting around like a maniac and, especially, watching Jeff Nelson's lightning fast drumming. Since I didn't really know anyone yet, it was definitely an outsider's point of view but something that, to use a terrible cliche, changed my life.
Al in his element, Boston Hardcore style, Photo: JJ Gonson
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Posted by DOUBLE CROSS at 8:53 PM