First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' roll


Earlier this week, iconic Minneapolis venue First Avenue was honored by Gibson guitars as one of the greatest rock venues of all time, a fitting tribute to the longstanding club -- and a well-timed one at that. The club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, culminating in a star-studded bash on December 15.

In light of the club's recent honors, we thought it might be a good time to crack the history books and survey some of the venue's most iconic moments.