Back in the day, Daily Show host Jon Stewart was a bartender at City Gardens, a rough punk club in Trenton, New Jersey. He’s recalled his days a few times recently, but last night, one-upped himself by having the Butthole Surfers’ lead singer Gibby Haynes on the show. He was there along with Amy Yates Wuefling, who recently authored an oral history of City Gardens called No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes.
Stewart gets right to the point and asks Haynes why, if this place was such a shithole, so many bands played there. “It was a place you could play between New York and Philadelphia,” Haynes explained. “Maybe people just got lost on the turnpike.” Haynes and Wuefling recall the days of yore, when ‘zines ruled, the indie-music scene, and why City Gardens “came from a place of love.” Case in point: Haynes only got stabbed on stage once.