90s in 90 Days #46-Metro and the Pumpkins

90s in 90 Days #46-Metro and the Pumpkins

In 2009, Metro simply is.  It is the most famed live music venue in town.  It is the place where major bands who want to scale down to the “club level” play.  It is the place that helped to launch dozens of significant careers, Smashing Pumpkins among them. When the 90s started, (Cabaret) Metro was just eight years old; still a relatively new club.  Relatively speaking, it was only a few years older than Lounge Ax, which opened its doors in 1987.

Metro’s early and ongoing support of Smashing Pumpkins played a key role in the band’s ascent.  The relationship that club owner Joe Shanahan had fostered with the band was duly noted, particularly by his own staff.  Says Shanahan, “there were times I remember the staff actually saying things like, ‘Oh my God, they’re playing here again?  We’ve got to hear that guy one more time wail like a banshee?’” 


90s in 90 Days

Over the course of 90 days (not consecutive, though I’ll try), I’ll be offering up a capsule look at something about Chicago music from the 90s.  It could be a radio memory.  Thoughts on a song, show, band, or album.  Maybe a review aided by hindsight.  Whatever it is, it’ll be original content just for this site, and not found in my book.  

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