Gibson (as in the guitars) made a list of "The 10 Greatest Rock Venues of All Time" (I'm not sure why. But they did.) and sitting amongst the Cavern Club and Max's Kansas City is our own Crocodile Cafe. Says Gibson:
Opening its doors with little fanfare in April 1991, this legendary venue quickly became prime stomping ground for the burgeoning Seattle music scene. Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains headed the all-star list of grunge bands who took "the Croc's" stage as up-and-comers. Even as the grunge explosion tapered off, the venue remained a favorite site for alternative acts, with such notable groups as R.E.M. and Sonic Youth including it as a must-stop on tours through the Northwest.The blurb makes no mention of the club's remodel and new ownership and seems to strictly refer to the old version of the Crocodile -- but in any case I can't think of another club in the city that better deserves the honor.
Click through to see the rest of the venues that round out the list -- they don't seem to be in any particular order.Whisky A-Go-Go (Los Angeles, California)
The Fillmore (San Francisco, California)
CBGB (New York, New York)
40 Watt Club (Athens, Georgia)
Max's Kansas City (New York, New York)
Marquee Club (London, England)
Cavern Club (Liverpool, England)
First Avenue and 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Apollo Theater (New York, New York)
What'd they leave out?