JUANAS ADDICION! Jane's opening of Iguanas on Cinco de Mayo.
If didn't go there and not had this article to confirm it, I wouldn't believe an underage punk club in the early 90's existed on the other side of the border.
It was the 1,000-person capacity Iguanas night club in Tijuana, and, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune archives, it formally opened on May 18 in 1989 with a show by dance-pop artist Stevie B and When In Rome.
When in Iguanas, the decibel levels exceeded the danger levels, barely. The venue is defunct, sadly, according to many a music aficionado. But the music? That lives on.
The list of bands that played the venue as alternative music began swimming in the mainstream is the definitive list of bands from that time. Their shows live on in sharp (and hazy) memories and saved ticket stubs: Nirvana. Rage Against The Machine. Sonic Youth. Bad Religion. Screaming Trees. Nine Inch Nails. GWAR.
John D'Agostino, writing for the Los Angeles Times in 1991, summed it up like so in this article on the place:
Fifteen minutes from San Diego, yet light-years removed from parental supervision, Iguanas offers an ambience of almost-anything-goes, frontier neutrality that gives underagers an intoxicating whiff of freedom.