Here's some news that's certain to delight old-school Valley music fans: the location of bygone Tempe music venue Boston's will re-open next month as a new nightspot called Club 910.
And it looks like the place is gonna pick up right where its predecessor left off, promising to become a raucous rock 'n' roll paradise for local and touring bands. In addition to it's grand opening party on May 9, which includes performances by Digital Summer and an array of local hard rock groups, Club 910 will feature a gig on May 23 by metal outfit Pelvic Meatloaf and Valley industrial gods N17 (who used to play at Boston's back in the day).
Boston's was quite the legendary establishment. Back in 2002, former New Times music scribe Gilbert Garcia described it as an "East Valley rock mecca," and frankly, it's hard to argue the point. The joint debuted in 1991 and over the next 11 years Boston's owner Al Nichols and his family hosted a slew of big-name bands, including the likes of Weezer, Modest Mouse, and The Specials. A number of renowned local acts also got stage time at the place, such as Jimmy Eat World, Bionic Jive, and Fred Green.
Boston's closed its doors in April 2002 and became Latino discoteca Club Macarena, which also eventually went bust. The location remained dormant for the last five years or so, but word on the street is that Al's son Keith Nichols (who bartended at the old Boston's) is the one who's re-opening the club under it's new moniker.
We're sure papa is very proud.
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