Maxwell’s: Knights of the New Crusade

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell’s Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell’s at 1039 Washington Street – which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: Knights of the New Crusade

Knights of the New Crusade, a “Christian” garage rock band unlike anything you’ve ever seen, played Maxwell’s twice during their limited run as a band.”

Knights of the New Crusade made rare Hoboken appearances

“This was the second and last time they had performed here. Their debut record, “My God Is Alive! Sorry about yours!” featuring such toe tappers as “Ain’t No Monkeys in My Family Tree” and “E is for Evil,” was inspirational enough to crusade up to Maxwell’s in full Hallelujah Palooza regalia to support the band.

Plastic buckets, $12. Shields, free. The look on Todd’s face, priceless!

A lot of people didn’t know what to make of this group, but we did. The band, inspired by the support, later released a single and dedicated it to their “Knightly Bretheren in Hoboken.”

Knights of the New Crusade shout out to Hoboken Bretheren Maxwell's

Winking Jesus and Knights of the New Crusade – coincidence?

“On a side note, this was the same day the winking Jesus statue on Jackson Street first opened it’s eye. According to a local street “preacher” —a plaster Jesus statue he had installed as part of a sidewalk shrine in the projects suddenly opened one eye. “Some believe it is a miracle,” reported the Associated Press. “Others believe someone doctored the sculpture.”

Coincidence? No. Miracle? Yes! Good times.”

Winking Jesus in Hoboken NJ Knights of the New Crusade

Sadly – these unique times in Hoboken are fading away!

About Maxwell’s Memories

Maxwell's Memories in Hoboken NJ Knights of the New CrusadeMaxwell’s Bar officially opened back in 1978 by the Fallon family, and was converted from a “workers tavern” (for nearby Maxwell House coffee workers), into a “Bar/restaurant.” After the original members of The Bongos rehearsed some material in the back-room (which at the time was unused), “live music” began to catch on, and Hoboken was beginning to become inviting to both musicians and artists. Maxwell’s was also even believed to be the first restaurant to offer a “Sunday brunch” in town.

In the mid-90’s, due to some ownership re-arrangements, Maxwell’s was briefly a micro-brew pub, trying to capitalize on that fad, but quickly reverted back to a standard comfort food bar/restaurant and music venue in 1998 – and had remained that way ever since.

Despite apparently being named the number three “rock ‘n’ roll club” in America by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 – Maxwell’s announced their abandonment of the property (and Hoboken), effective July 31, 2013.

Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.

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