And that was just Tempe.
I had the good fortune to go to many of these places (or live there, more accurately) and even play at a few of them.
It was an honor and a privilige which I was smart enough to understand at the time.
Being overwhelmed by options at the time, reading this article made me realize just how much I MISSED.
In the 90s you could do more than just 'get by' there on a crappy job and some hard work.
You could have a life. A really, really good life.
The only difference now is how far a buck goes.
The people, the bands, and the spirit are still there.
I know many people from my younger days who are still doing this.
The main issue is that everybody doesn't have the couple of bucks to go out EVERY night and enjoy local culture like we did.
It might help if wages went-up a little.
Young people tend to spend their disposable income in ways which generate local jobs...especially in a college town.
You can't bring back the past, but you can use it to build a great future.
Not many cities can claim a COUNTER-CULTURE that drove-up property values.
We can.And from that era I could could go on, and on, and on......
25 Legendary Tempe Music Venues: Then and Now | Phoenix New Times:
This used to be one of the greatest bars in America.
Bands that played there have sold millions of records.
It was demolished over a decade ago, in the name of 'economic development'.
It is still a vacant lot.
GREAT FUCKING JOB, Squares.
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