I'm pretty sure the first time I was in the building was to see Battery play. It was one of the times I visited SF before moving.. probably around June 1998(?) I think it was nominally a Bound event back when that club was @DNA... wasn't that on Wednesdays?
Unfortunately I don't have much of my archived email from that period, so I can't pin it down more than that. Maybe someone else can dig up some more details.
Was it always called DNA Lounge? For some reason I had the impression you gave it a new name.
It's been DNA Lounge since 1985. Before that it was a bar called Chaps, since 1977. It may have had other names between 1977 and 1985, but I've never been able to get a real answer on that.
Dear god. You're scaring me, jwz. I didn't want to do the math and realize I've been going to DNA for 17 years. Aiyee! That would be half my life.
The pre-jwz DNA dekonstrukt events:
Thu June 17, 1999 - Guest DJ Raoul Roucka (aka Noisex)Sun July 4, 1999 - Guest DJ Scott Beebe (aka Savak)Sun August 8, 1999 - Guest DJ Tenebrae (aka Lefthandeddecision)Sun September 5, 1999 - Savak and FAV Live, with Guest DJ Tony D (aka Sult Villonaud)Sun September 19, 1999 - Dance NightSun October 3, 1999 - Urceus Exit with Landscape Body Machine LiveSun October 17, 1999 - Dance NightThu October 28, 1999 - VNV Nation with Gridlock LiveSun November 7, 1999 - Guest DJ Da5id Din (aka Informatik, Din_fiv)Sun November 21, 1999 - Dance NightThu December 2, 1999 - In Strict Confidence with Pulse Legion LiveSun December 19, 1999 - Dance Night+ one night in January 2000 with Guest DJ Fernando
Looks like you already listed all the proper live shows except Savak with FAV. I still have video of all these shows (except I'm not 100% sure about the ISC/Pulse Legion one). Last week, Noisescape showed a clip from the 1999 VNV show at DNA (pretty much the same as the clip that's been online since that show, except re-digitized with better equipment).
HAHAHAHAH! So THAT's the ONLY time I'd ever been to the DNA Lounge before I worked here- JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 1998! Seriously, the first time ever. And the last before Casey brought me in.