This Day in Metal’s Metalhead Marv takes a look back at 3 major cities in North America with Toronto, Los Angeles and New York City.

So where did all the Heavy Metal bars go?

TORONTO

Gone

The Gasworks 1969-2018

Highlights

Rock n’ Roll Heaven 1970-2014

Highlights

1988 SKID ROW’s classic lineup play their first show there

1990 Pantera played there and Rob Halford seen Dimebag wearing a British Steel shirt on MuchMusic and went and jammed with the band

Hard Rock Cafe 1978-2017

Highlights

2014 Killer Dwarfs donate tricycle to the Hard Rock Cafe

Larry’s Hidaway

Highlights

1984 Hanoi Rocks first North American performance

Masonic Temple 1960s-1998

Highlights

1969 Led Zeppelin played their first Toronto show

1990 Voivod / Faith No More / Soundgarden triple bill.

Still around

Rockpile 1979-current

Highlights

LOS ANGELES

Gone

Reseda Country Club 1980-2000

Highlights

1987 Parts of “The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization–the Metal Years” were filmed there.

Gazzarri’s 1967-1993

Highlights

1974 Van Halen played their first club show

Starwood 1973-1981

Highlights

1978 Aerosmith played there under the name Dr. J. Jones & the Interns

1979 Judas Priest played three consecutive nights

1981 Mötley Crüe played their first concert together as a band

Still around

Rainbow Bar & Grill

Highlights

1992 The bar is featured in the Guns N’ Roses video “November Rain”

2019 Documentary about The Rainbow was released

Whisky a Go Go

Highlights

1969 Led Zeppelin played three nights with a young Alice Cooper’s band opening

1977 Van Halen played there on New Year’s Eve

1982 Mötley Crüe sold out a three-night stand

1986 GNR’s classic Appetite for Destruction lineup debuted two songs live that would later become hard-rock classics: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Mr. Brownstone.”

Troubadour

Highlights

1982 Metallica make their Los Angeles headline debut.

1984 Warrant play their debut show

1985 Guns N Roses debut of the classic “Appetite for Destruction” line-up

1994 Korn play their first Los Angeles show as the opening act for Corrosion of Conformity.

The Roxy Theatre

Highlights

1984 Ratt recorded the video for their hit single “Back for More” from the album Out of the Cellar

NEW YORK CITY

Gone

The Palladium 1927–1997

Highlights

1980 Twisted Sister gets a one off recording contract

1980 KISS played the venue, their only North American concert in 1980, to introduce new drummer Eric Carr to the American press before heading overseas for their Unmasked Tour

1981 Ozzy Osbourne played two shows here on his Blizzard of Ozz tour

1982 The classic line-up of Motorhead, with “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar, performed its final show

L’Amour

Highlights

1998 Iron Maiden played a secret gig at the club during the US leg of the Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour under the name Charlotte And The Harlots.

Scrap Bar

Highlights

King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut

Highlights

The Acheron

Highlights

Still around

Duff’s

Highlights

Saint Vitus

Highlights

2016 Megadeth played at the club under the name Vic and the Rattleheads


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