Photo by Brian Goldstein


The following is an excerpt from the book No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico. Bauhaus photo by Brian Goldstein.

Bauhaus – March 13, 1981

Photo by Brian Goldstein

Randy Now: I charged $4 for the show and argued with Tut’s father about it. He thought we needed to charge more, because we would need 500 to break even. But when we got over 500 people, he was like, “Hey, congratulations!”

Trish Barry (City Gardens regular): Lead singer Peter Murphy could stretch from the ceiling to the floor in that back room. He hung from the ceiling and was practically naked. He was also so skinny he looked like he had a hole in his stomach. It was very eerie, with great lighting.

Peter Murphy (Bauhaus, vocalist): I wouldn’t have anything significant to say [about City Gardens]. We were setting fires in Manhattan and surrounding bits at that time. And the Trenton gig to us was not so outstanding, being new to the USA. I only remember ripping out the foam tiles of the stage ceiling.

Randy Now: Bands were always hanging from the ceiling and ripping shit out of it back then. I couldn’t stop it

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