First Avenue named no. 3 best "big room" in America by Rolling Stone
Photo by Ed Neaton
People were understandably miffed when First Avenue was left off Rolling Stone's Best Clubs in America list recently. Several of the comments proclaim the general sentiment of "Hello...ever heard of First Ave???"
Well, the voting pool of musicians, managers, and industry folks -- Spoon's Britt Daniel, Phoenix's Thomas Mars, and Ozzy's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne -- had a plan. It turns out that First Avenue is larger than just a club; it is a "big room." Though it's a lesser-used expression for a concert venue, of course it's still a nice recognition to receive.
Here, The Best Big Rooms in America puts our beloved First Avenue at number three behind San Francisco's Fillmore and the 930 Club in D.C. -- and ahead of Chicago's Metro and, ugh, Webster Hall in New York, among others.
Number three is a notable spot, but check out the entry. In it, a "fun fact" suggests that "Prince reunited with his classic band, the Revolution, including Wendy and Lisa, at First Avenue early last year." Well, the Revolution was back together, but there was no Prince.
The entry also includes a story from Black Star rapper Talib Kweli, who recalls seeing an unnamed famous rapper punch an undercover cop and make a quick getaway via cab. I guess some folks are paying to see that, but there were also innumerable concerts that people liked there too. Not to mention the uniqueness of having three separate venues -- each with its own character -- under one roof. And so on and so forth, and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Anyhow, congratulations to First Avenue! Keep it up in the "big room" category.
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