The Big Fish Pub in Tempe Is Closing on June 30

Tempe's increasingly barren live music scene is about to get even more desolate as another landmark venue is about to go out of business.

The Big Fish Pub, the infamous University Drive rock bar that's been featuring local and touring bands for nearly 20 years, will close its doors and unplug its amps for good on June 30.

And the closure is apparently the result of money-related drama between The Big Fish's proprietors and the owners of the Tempe strip mall where it's been located since first opening in the mid-1990s.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.