Walking from Kings Cross to our London office it was a bit sad to see two of the coolest sights closed down.
First up the Astoria – an awesome music venue and the location for many a decent gig, from Anthrax with Bush a few times and then Belladona, Marillion gigs, Magnum gigs.. what a great venue.
Best gig at the Astoria – I think it would have to be Anthrax just after they released “We’ve Come For You All” – it was a sell out and they were on fire. they returned within a year and were equally as awesome.
The sign now looks a bit battered!
Next up Tower Records – or the store that was Tower and then became Virgin and later Zavvi. For many years this has been a huge music store – curiosity lead me to find CDs by bands such as Carcass here, more recently it’s extensive metal section introduced me to Battlelore after seeing a sticker reading “Finnish Power Metal” – how could one resist that!
And more importantly the store where I found Anthrax’s “Alive 2” on DVD on import before it was released in the UK – I was dead happy that day! There was something about the store that I thought always made it really cool – like the Astoria a shame to see it go!