January 2, 1989: The day was brutally cold. Brett Beach, Chris Strickland, and myself braved the weather to wait in the long line in front of 313 Bowery to see what we each knew was a historic date in hardcore history. We looked homeless, huddled in line as if waiting for a free meal on Thanksgiving at the local shelter but it didn’t matter.
What awaited us behind those graffiti covered doors was too good to pass up. We had received the flyer at a previous CB’s matinee. This show was a greatest hits of NYHC bands plus it promised a Side By Side AND Straight Ahead reunion, so we knew we could not miss it. Once we got into the club you could feel the energy. It was packed and everyone was just waiting for the show to start. You could not tell the weather outside was so cold because the club was sweating down the walls from all of the people. There was not a band that disappointed that day. After witnessing band after band belting out angry chants, we were witness to one of the best shows that Sick Of It All has ever performed. - Rob Mars
Pete Koller with Sick Of It All, Photo: Dave Brown
Sunday, January 17, 2010
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