Commodore Ballroom One of the Top Ten Influential Clubs in North America
Music magazine Billboard has named the legendary Commodore Ballroom one of the top ten influential clubs in North America which is published in its July 2 issue. It's the only Canadian music venue to make the list. The room opened in December 1929. Four months later, the stock market crashed, the Dirty Thirties were officially under way. The Commodore sat dark for half a year. The club reopened and officially began to run as a live venue with dinner and dancing every Saturday. It now has the reputation as a major rock venue and has hosted such legendary performers as Count Basie, Cab Calloway, KISS, U2, David Bowie, the Police, Devo, the Clash, Hole, Tina Turner, the Dead Kennedys, and Blondie. Still, it wasn't until the Commodore closed its doors in 1996 that Vancouver truly realized how much the club meant to the city. For three years, 868 Granville Street sat empty. The newly renovated Commodore reopened on November 12, 1999.
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