For a great many folks, I’d imagine, mention 2B on Avenue B -- otherwise known as The Gas Station -- and the first thing to spring to mind will be a notorious early summer performance in 1993 by these photogenic fellows…..
Yes, it was GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (who I’ve spoken about here a few times) who arguably put The Gas Station on the map (and probably helped spell its demise). That GG Allin's legacy is inexorably connected with The Gas Station is probably a sore spot for the artists who originally conceived of the place, but that can't be helped now.
I’ve written about the Gas Station itself a few times myself (notably here and here) but Jeremiah Moss posted a great entry on Vanishing New York yesterday that goes into much greater depth about the origins of the former art space/performance venue, largely thanks to a recently unearthed video that goes way beyond its status as merely the final battlefield of GG Allin’s famously putrid campaign of degradation.
If you’re still curious about that fabled GG Allin show, merely google “GG Allin’s last show” or “…last day alive,” or simply click here. Of course, you should be warned. It ain’t pretty.