I had a longer piece in the works about my very first hardcore show, that being the Circle Jerks, D.O.A. and Redd Kross at the Ritz in 1985, prompted the discovery on the official Redd Kross page of a couple of pics from the show in question.
In any case, while looking for other documentation of this gig (which was, for all intents and purposes, a life-changing event for me), I stumbled upon the photo below by photographer Lisa Haun (who I mentioned in the last post). Possibly taken during at the same point as the show in question, it depicts the Redd Kross lads standing in a city park. Here it is below….
Now, I took one look at that shot and instantly believed it to be Tompkins Square Park. Unfortunately, on Haun’s on site, the photographer doesn’t give a lot of information.
My curiosity piqued, I took a stroll over to Tompkins Square to see if my hunch was correct. You’ll remember that only last week, I wrongly predicted a certain photograph of Pussy Galore had been taken in Tompkins Square (when, it turned out, the shot actually was take on the Forsyth Street median). I can’t get’em all right.
In this instance, however, I’m pretty confident that I have the right area, but I’m not sure I have the correct spot. I want to say that the band are pictured looking south towards 7th Street. Being that the shot probably dates back to the mid-80’s, though, it’s hard to verify. The trees don’t exactly match up. What do you think? Do I have it right?
Meanwhile, here's Redd Kross from around that same era...