The GoGo's played the Fleetwood on Sunday June 17, 1979
w/ the Alleycats, the Germs, the Plugz, the Flyboys and the Crowd
The Fleetwood was located at 260 N. Harbor Drive, in Redondo Beach California.
It was located within the tattered old Redondo Triangle Shopping Center that had long been slated for redevelopment.
This little triangle of land was located directly across from the Redondo Marina. The Redondo Marina was the entry point to Redondo's King Harbor where the yacht/boat people are.
This triangle of land was located just south of the massive Southern California Edison plant. In 1964, the intake outlet line for the generating plant emptied directly into the ocean at Redondo Marina. This placement would affect the quality of fishing from the pier and shore.
The Feetwood was next door to the country/folk club called Sweet Water (located at 264 N. Harbor Drive).
When the Fleetwood opened in 1977 it boasted to have the largest capacity (1,200) of all the local South Bay clubs. It had a minimum age of 16 which attracted many a South Bay bored teenagers. No alcohol was served.
It had pretty good lighting, a decent sound system and a big, wide open dance floor. There was even an upstairs area. (This place was once a Stat's craft/decorating store after all!).
The Fleetwood's booking policy leaned toward the more heavy metal bands and label artist such as Nick Gilder, Johnny Winter, Journey and Ultravox.
The Fleetwood would present local/unknown bands on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and top 40 cover bands on the the weekend. It often booked bands that could not get booked anywhere else.
Sampling of Bands that played the Fleetwood
Rick DerringerUltra Voxthe Zippersthe KatsAdam Strange, Viper, UFMau-Maus, Red CrossSatin TonesFearXBagsGearsCircle JerksGun ClubAdolescentsSkrewzDead KennedysMiddle ClassVicious CirclePlugzAgent OrangeBlack FlagSubhumansGoGo's
Beach Punk Scene
The Beach punk music scene emerged in the early 1980's. The songs were usually short, fast and loud. The beach punk crowd had a reputation for being violent and confrontational. They were almost gang-like in their approach. Fights were frequent at many of their meet-ups.
Beach punks were often these big, tough, jock looking guys with swastikas, boots, bandannas, jackets, jeans, zippers, chains, leather spike wristbands, earrings. Scateboarding was also associated with the scene.
They were into slamdancing. This type of dancing could be very violent - with arms swinging and thrashing about. Slamming involved stage diving, moshing, crowd surfing, running in circle while pushing others into the most pit.
Local Redondo Beach bad boys, Black Flag, played the Fleetwood several times.
Needless to say, the Fleetwood was notorious for violence and vandalism. Police raided it several times before it closed for good.
Redondo Beach is located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. It is one of the three beach cities. (The other's being Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach). It's primary attraction is the pier/wharf and the marina/harbor.
Redondo Beach postcard from the 1960's
King Harbor was built in 1966
By the late 1960's, parts of the City went downhill and the City felt the waterfront was in need of a face lift.
The City set out to promote Redondo as a close-in destination place. After all, Redondo Beach has all the resort type activities including; swimming, boating, sport fishing, upscale restaurants and hotels offering beautiful harbor views -and all close to home.
In the '70's some restaurants and shops in the Marina included: The Blue Moon Saloon, The Happy Clam, Captain Kidd's Restaurant & Fish Market, Redondo Sport fishing, Clarke's, Polly's on the Pier, Lady Alex Floating Ship restaurant, the Landing and the Yankee Peddler Bike Rental.
Many restaurants dotted Harbor Drive. Popular eateries that offered patio dining included Beachbum Burt's (605 N. Harbor Dr.), and Castagnola's Lobster House (665 N. Harbor Dr.)
All the City needed now was an upscale hotel with great harbor views.
Redondo Triangle Shopping Center
The Triangle Shopping Center was built in the mid 1950's.
Some of the early tenants of this small shopping center included:
- 202 N. Harbor Drive - Heathkit electronic center. (1966)
- 202 N. Harbor Drive - Greg's Floor Covering
- 236 N. Harbor Drive - Papa Joe's Emporium and Screen Door Factory
- 240 N. Harbor Dr. - Byrne's Tidy Tots children store (1958)
- 258 N. Harbor Dr. - Jerry's Shoes (1961)
- 260 N. Harbor Dr. - Stat's - crafts and seasonal decor
- 290 N. Harbor Dr. - Antique Arcade
- 310 N. Harbor Dr. - Sears (appliance and catalog sale store)
- 360 N. Harbor Drive - Mayfair Market (1969)
The old Triangle Shopping Center was down wind from So. Cal. Edison steam plant and across from the Marina.
By the late 1960's/early '70's, the little Triangle Shopping Center started to go downhill. The City Redevelopment Agency wanted to redevelop this spot and put up an upscale attractive hotel.
For the next 10 years conditions at the old Triangle Shopping Center continued to decline. The City declared it blighted and slated it for redevelopment.
While the City Redevelopment Plan worked it's way through the California Coastal Commission the City put a moratorium on any property improvement by owners in order to keep property values low - pending the possible eminent domain action.
By the late '70's, the Triangle Shopping Center stood half vacant. Several buildings had been burned-out and vandalized.
In 1977 the Fleetwood moved into the spot at 260 N. Harbor Drive.
In 1981 the California Coastal Commission finally approved the revitalization plans of the City of Redondo Beach.
Today the triangle property is occupied by an attractive, upscale hotel, the Crowne Plaza Hotel Redondo Beach, commercial offices and a Gold's Gym.