This DEAD KENNEDYS’ Performance June 16.1984 marked the closing of San Francisco’s DMPO’s ON BRODWAY Avant Garde Theatre and Nightclub. Director Dirk Dirksen documents the performances of KLAUS FLOURIDE, Bass; D.H. Peligro, Drums; EAST BAY RAY, Guitar; JELLO BIAFRA, Vocals; the crowd’s energy, interaction and mood. The 58 minute concert was captured, in real time, using four color cameras and a stereo, hi-fi audio track
San Francisco’s North Beach, site of the concert, has traditionally provided asylum for the cultural fringe. In the Fall of 1975 Dirk Dirksen introduced emering avant garde artist/performers to the proprietor of a quiet Filipiano piano bar and family supper club, the Mabuhay Gardens. He convinced the owners to let him open the club on otherwise dark nights
Beginning with the staging of a comedy by “LES NICKELETTES’, an infamous feminist guerilla theatre troupe’ and a series of early punk rock and new music band events featuring painters; dancers, poetes; video/film artists the FAB MAR evolves into one of the seminal venues of our time
Seven nights a week, 365 nights a year, fans flocked first to the FAB MAB, later to the ON BRODWAY. Before anyone else dared Dirksen booked such outlaw luminaries as THE RAMONES, THE DAMNED, DEVO, MADNESS, BLACK FLAG, THE SCREAMERS, BLONDIE, EDDIE MONEY, THE GO-GO’S, Y-T, THE CRAMPS, NICO, ROBERT FRIPP, JIM CARROLL, THE NUNS, THE MUTANTS ,SVT, CIRCLE JERKS, X, LOU RUDOLPH, TRANSLATOR, FLIPPER, IGGY POP, THE AVENGERS, ROMEO VOID, LENE LOVICH, DIAMANDA GALAS, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, ZEV, TUXEDO MOON……..
June 1984, Ten years and more than 3200 shows later the property interests gave notice that they wanted to try something “DIFFERENT”.