This was an awesome place to see bands play. Why? Because it was about 10 minutes from my house and all shows were just $6.00 They consistently had top notch bands too. Like; Kraut, The Dickies, Social Distortion, Cockney Rejects, Uniform Choice, Fear, etc… Most of the bands that were going to play at The Olympic would play Oscar’s before or after (but for only 100 people or so).
Government Issue pic by Doc Strange
This night was Government Issue (their 1st West Coast tour) with Uniform Choice and the Dead Milkmen. Uniform Choice’s “Screaming For Change” had just come out [I think?] and they played every song on that lp. When they were done people were yelling and screaming for more so they played a ton of Minor Threat covers! Great show. The headliner was one of my personal fav’s; Government Issue. This is a band that I listed to daily while going through high school.
I was 17 years old, living on my own and trying to stay in school. G.I. [and others] were my motivation to do just that. Anyway, back to the gig…… They were amazing! All the hits were played and they sounded as great as I hoped…Check the photo here and see if you can see a young Roa of Justice League as well as Ryan from Chain of Strength was there if I remember correctly? Notice how I didn’t mention The Dead Milkmen? Yeah, that’s on purpose. Yawn!
Dead Kennedys at de Anza Theater, Riverside Ca. 1985 photo: Doc Strange
“Strange Tales From The Doc” October 1985 The Dead Kennedys at The de Anza Theatre
October 1985 The Dead Kennedys at The de Anza Theatre
Growing up in Southern California during the early 80’s was a GREAT time! So many amazing bands would play nearly every weekend. This one was in 1985 at The de Anza Theatre in Riverside, Ca.. The Dead Kennedys! I know that Entropy played that night as well. (Another great band that no one has heard of) and I think Love Canal too.
Dead Kennedys, Cease Fire, Love Canal at de Anza Theater, Riverside, Ca. 1985
As with all DK’s gigs you KNEW “something” was going to go down. Usually the riot squad would show up and break up the gig before they finished playing. True to form that’s exactly what happned! Dead Kennedys went on and people started ripping out the seats and throwing them all around. I always thought that kind of behavior was stupid. We were only fucking things up for ourselves. Anyway, cops came in and the crowd ran out! But they did get to play several songs and it was WAY better than the night at The Longshoremen’s Ballroom! Now that was a full scale Police Action! Tear gas, Riot Squad, Helicopters and beatings (from the cops)……..Until next time, Doc