Following our look at what some of the UK’s premier gig venues have become since their untimely closure, this time we’ve gone global. Here are 10 famous venues across the world – between them host to the likes of The Beatles, Nirvana and The Doors in their prime – which have fallen victim to father time, gentrification and redevelopment.
T.T. the Bear's Place, Cambridge, MA
Great gigs: An impressive roster - Pixies, Dinosaur Jr. and Arcade Fire.
What was it like: An intimate 300-capacity venue where punters could’ve counted the freckles on the bassist’s face.
What is it now?: The new owners said they’d like it to remain home to “some sort of nightlife.”
The Palladium, New York City
Great gigs: It was here that photographer Pennie Smith captured The Clash’s Paul Simonon smashing his bass on stage, creating 'London Calling'’s iconic artwork.
What was it like: Its 3,000 capacity was ideal for bands that weren’t quite arena-ready.
What is it now?: NYU student dorms.
The Gasworks, Toronto
Great gigs: Rush played their first show – and then many, many others – there.
What was it like: Immortalised in Wayne’s World as "always a babe-fest", this former steam-generating plant also had a small bowling alley upstairs.
What is it now?: A camping and hunting superstore.
Great gigs: Little-known covers band The Beatles played residencies here in 1962. What ever happened to them, eh?
What was it like: The vivacious Star-Club attracted Europe’s Beatniks throughout the ’60s.
What is it now?: The building burned down in 1987 – now only a plaque commemorates the club.
The Phoenician Club, Sydney
Great gigs: Nirvana and AC/DC graced its stage.
What was it like: A nightclub frequented by both local and international bands, it also became a focal point of Sydney’s Manchester-inspired rave scene in the ’90s.
What is it now?: Now the venue is toast, the Breadtop Bakery sits in its place.
Masonic Temple, Toronto
Great gigs: Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath all played here.
What was it like: A multi-purpose venue, its place in rock’n’roll history was secured by the Temple’s ‘Rockpile’ venue in the ’60s.
What is it now?: IT firm Info-Tech Research Group use it as a satellite office.
Great gigs: The Doors used to be the house band here.
What was it like: Legendary club that hosted a number of up-and-coming bands and was a key part of the, er, glam-metal scene.
What is it now?: An ostentatious club that probably operates the kind of dress code that would’ve turned Jim Morrison away.
Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane
Great gigs: The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana – shall we go on?
What was it like: Roomy, 4,000-capacity hall that was modelled on its London equivalent.
What is it now?: A fancy high-rise apartment block was built after the Hall was sadly demolished.
CBGB’s, New York City
Great gigs: Talking Heads, the Ramones, and The Strokes, whilst Patti Smith played the closing concert in 2006.
What was it like: Named after the country, bluegrass and blues genres, it was actually punk which flourished here.
What is it now?: A boutique menswear store. Rock’n’roll isn’t dead.
Eamonn Doran's, Dublin
Years: Closed in 2009
Great gigs: Radiohead played their first ever Irish gig there in 1993.
What was it like: Part-owned by Huey Morgan, Doran’s was a much-loved bar where even Alex Turner was once spotted (according to a Yelper, anyway).
What is it now?: Another pub operates there, offering “continuous craic”.