Historic event: 01/21/1993

From Weezerpedia

weezer show #38: Club Dump [The Central], Hollywood

Club Dump was held Thursday nights at the Central, a Sunset Strip club in Hollywood that much later was bought, re-modeled, and reopened as the Viper Room. Way back then it was anything but glamorous, in fact it was pretty skanky! But it was one of the very few clubs that had a booking policy that made any sense, and who actually sort of catered to non-glam/metal bands. The club was run by a curious guy whose name was Yowsah! [including the "!"]. Yowsah! used to be roomates with some members of Wax, and he was originally from Hawaii. He led a sort of dirgy punk band called "Methadone Cocktail", and part of playing his Club Dump shows was often sharing the bill with his band.

Club Dump had a video camera operator who would take overly special effected videos of bands shows, if bands ponied up $10 for the tape. Weezer almost always went for the deal....but not this time, for unknown reasons [possibly no one had $10 to their name!]

setlist: unknown.

Also on the bill was Loungefly, other acts unknown.

karl flyer original 4-flyer layout art
[click on any photo for a larger size pop-up version]

Today in Weezer History post

Posted on Weezer's official Facebook page as part of the "Today in Weezer History" series on January 22, 2014.

Today in Weezer History: 1/21/1993 - On this day in 1993, Weezer played at Club Dump in Los Angeles. Club Dump was a weekly club held at The Central, which had been an establishment of the Sunset Strip for many years but by the early 90s was looking pretty ragged. A few years later it was transformed into The Viper Room, thanks to Johnny Depp and several million bucks.

Not much is known about this show - no setlist survives, the only other band known to play the show for sure is Loungefly, and the band inexplicably didn't pony up the $10 to buy a video of their performance, which Club Dump offered to bands. (Several other times at Club Dump they did buy the tape, though not all the tapes they bought remain in existence today. "Jamie" on Video Capture Device DVD is from one of these Club Dump tapes).

Today's photo shows the original artwork for the flyers made by me (Karl). I made flyers and/or posters for most of the early '92-'94 LA shows (prior to the Blue Album coming out). These flyers were left in stacks at record shops and clubs, and passed out on the Sunset Strip. Posters were put up on fences and temporary walls at construction sites, or wherever we thought we could get away with it. This was a dying art by the mid 90's, but it was the only way to promote a gig for the glam metal bands back in the 80's, whose well entrenched scene was still hanging on in the early 90's - even if you weren't trying to be the next Motley Crue, you still had to pass out flyers on the corner like the guys in "Lixx Array". The rise of the "alternative nation" and the failure of any Sunset Strip glam/hard rock/metal band to really make it after Guns N' Roses, combined with the rise of the internet, drove the spike into the coffin of L.A. style "street promotion".

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