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Valley Musicians Share Memories of 20 Favorite Hollywood Alley Shows

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Ghostland Observatory (2006) I booked them back in 2006. And there's some pride in that because, at that time, we weren't able to get to many of the good indie touring bands because Stateside was getting everybody. Every once in awhile you catch a little diamond in the rough or stuff that falls past their radar. It was really the only time they played Phoenix. I think there was only 50 people there, but just to know they played our stage was a big deal. And it was a great show. -- Will Tynor, longtime Hollywood Alley bartender and manager

Jay Reatard (2007) The very first Jay Reatard show was there, like his solo shit. I booked that, I played drums. Yeah, it was fucking wild. He was doing his thing. My buddies were up front getting ape-shit with him. Fucking moshing, breaking bottles, having a good time. Ross didn't give a shit. I think he had a big old grin on his face. -- Ryan Rousseau, guitarist, Destruction Unit

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