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By: Alex Mitrani 8 months ago

Ian Mackaye spoke a bit about this show at the start of the following night's show in Baltimore:
"I can't tell you how surreal the situation got, for an audience roughly this size we had like 20 security people there, who were completely out of their fucking minds, and by the end of it, it was basically a debacle, a complete disaster, and the show had to be stopped, primarily because the police, the ones who were supposed to be providing the security, were the ones causing all the problems." This is the one where 'Great Cop' got played twice.

By: gunter habets over 3 years ago

Penultimate and shortest show of the 1998 spring US tour (11 dates), as well as the second and last time Fugazi would play the Flood Zone in Richmond, a venue that appears to have gone up for sale a couple of years ago.

The recording features just 18 songs total, taken off of the End Hits album (released a month prior) for the most part (8 songs), Red Medicine (1), In on the Kill Taker (3), Steady Diet (2), Repeater (2) and the Margin Walker EP (1). Note a rather rare live appearance of Foreman’s Dog, as well as the slow or toned-down mid-section of the set.

However, overall, it turned out to be quite a contentious show because the band takes offense at the misbehavior of the bouncers. Listen close as a first attempt at No Surprise (Interlude 3) is interrupted as Guy and Ian take aim at the security personnel for kicking someone out for no good reason, after which Ian appears to go out and find the person while the rest of the band goes into an impromptu jam.

After another, successful, stab at No Surprise, and going into Long Division, Ian muses, “it’s sort of a clash of cultures you know, there are people who behave in a way that they need to be taken care of, and there’s people who will take care of themselves, let’s be the people that take care of ourselves.”


By: gunter habets over 3 years ago


To little avail, since more turmoil and altercations between Ian and the bouncers ensue shortly after, halfway through Blueprint, and while the last note of the song is still in the air, the recording documents Ian saying “this is an unusual opportunity, this is a quite unusual thing to do but I really think it’s appropriate given the fucking situation” before barking “YOU’D MAKE A GREAT COP YOU FUCKING PIG” and bursting through Great Cop for the second time around on the same night, closing out the set!

Ian shares some more details of the story in Joe Gross’ 33 1/3 book on In on the Kill Taker, “Backstage, MacKaye found himself surrounded by the manager and the cops and security guys. [Ian MacKaye:] ‘They wanted to beat my fucking ass because I called them out. They tell me to get the fuck out of the building, so I have to sit in the van while the band loads out. We finally all assemble outside. I look at the guys and I say, ‘Hold on.’ I walk back into the venue. The band was like, ‘They are going to kill you.’ But I go up to the bar. I got the whole ‘you got a lot of nerve coming back up here’ but it was fine. It was just the perfect song.”

The sound quality of the recording is very good, not considering some volume drops and sonic discrepancies during the first couple of songs, after which the mix settles. Joe’s bass in particular is the icing on the cake here. Note the distinct reverb on both Ian’s vocals and Guy’s guitar early on in the set, as well as on Joe’s vocals during Recap Modotti, but I am guessing sound engineer Nick Pellicciotto was playing around for effect here.

By: David Fischer over 4 years ago

It may not be for the best reasons, but this one is an interesting listen.

By: Lenny Greenberg almost 12 years ago

This was definitely a fantastic show, recently came across my ticket for the show while cleaning up my house!

By: Glenn Hawley over 12 years ago

Ok, This was the Flood Zone Heckling Incident Night & Cranium was Opening This Show!!

Love to hear This one again!

By: David Brown over 12 years ago

This show was amazing. The guys working security that night were total meathead jocks. They were roughing up kids all night. My buddy Tim got thrown out for stagediving and Ian immediately stopped the show and went outside to get Timmy back into the show. Ian says, "We usually don't do this, but..." and they proceeded to play "Great Cop" again! Only this time the kids went NUTS with all the stagediving. I always thought is was cool that although Fugazi always took a very serious stance against being disrespectful in regards to personal space, for this one song everyone seemed to be unified in going nuts as it seemed to really irritate the dickhead bouncers.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0858 Fugazi Richmond, VA USA 5/11/1998

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1. Intro
2. Break
3. Place Position
4. Merchandise
5. Exit Only
6. Interlude 1
7. And The Same
8. Foreman's Dog
9. Interlude 2
10. Great Cop
11. Public Witness Program
12. Pink Frosty
13. Floating Boy
14. Closed Captioned
15. Recap Modotti
16. Rend It
17. Bed For The Scraping
18. Interlude 3
19. No Surprise
20. Long Division
21. Blueprint
22. Great Cop
23. Outro

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