Jane's Addiction announce local show at the Brick, a new Minneapolis nightclub

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Those of you who saw Jane's Addiction's tour announcement yesterday probably asked the same question that many other local residents did when they saw the venue listed next to the Minneapolis date on March 19th -- What the hell is the Brick? It turns out that the Brick is a new Minneapolis rock club owned by concert promoter AEG Live which is opening in March in the former Christian oriented venue Club 3 Degrees on 5th Street (directly across from Epic). The capacity of the club is said to be around 2,000, but other than the Jane's show, no other events have yet to be announced for the forthcoming new space.

While I think it's all well and good that we have another option for places to see live music in Minneapolis, I have to question the planning and eventual success of the Brick. First of all, you just aren't going to compete with First Avenue. For both local and national acts looking to play a club of that size, there really is only one option, and that is the venerable First Ave. The storied history, stellar sound, direct sight lines, and overall aura and feel of the place has got you beat before you even started. The reason bands look to other venues of that similar size (Epic), is when First Ave. is already booked.

What we really need in Minneapolis is a much larger venue than the Brick is planning on offering, one with decent sound and sight lines that can keep big name bands (who haven't yet reached an arena-sized level of popularity) from going across the river to play the cavernous Roy Wilkins. While that probably won't happen for a while, given how difficult it is to open any new venture in this economy, I'm not sure opening up a club that is similar in size to First Ave. and Epic (which again, sits directly across the street from the Brick) is what this city really needs.

Time will tell, surely, and I hope this new venue succeeds, because I love going out and seeing live music, and the more options we have, the better. I'm just not yet convinced that what the Brick is offering to Twin Cities music fans is any different that what we already (thankfully) have.

And here are those aforementioned Jane's Addiction tour dates for you (with the awesome Black Box Revelation opening all shows except the opener in Indianapolis). Tickets go on-sale on January 14th, with a pre-sale being offered at Jane's Addiction's website on January 11th.

Jane's Addiction 2012 U.S. Tour Dates:

02/05 - Indianapolis, IN -- The Crane Bay
02/22 - St. Louis, MO -- The Pageant
02/24 - Detroit, MI -- The Fillmore
02/25 - Columbus, OH -- The LC Indoor Pavilion
02/27 - Toronto, ON -- Massey Hall
02/29 - Rochester, NY -- Auditorium Theatre
03/02 - Albany, NY -- The Palace Theatre
03/03 - Portland, ME -- State Theatre
03/04 - Huntington, NY -- The Paramount
03/06 - Montclair, NJ -- Wellmont Theatre
03/07 - Waterbury, CT -- Palace Theatre
03/09 - Richmond, VA -- The National
03/10 - Myrtle Beach, SC -- House of Blues
03/13 - Atlanta, GA -- The Tabernacle
03/15 - Catoosa, OK -- Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
03/16 - Kansas City, MO -- Uptown Theatre
03/19 - Minneapolis, MN -- The Brick
03/24 - Milwaukee, WI -- Eagles Ballroom


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pissed off
pissed off

I just got back from the Jane's Addiction concert.  The Brick is the single worst venue that I have ever been to in my life.  There is no line of sight (ie, you can NOT see the stage) for about 60+% of the people.  They oversold the show by about 800 people.  DO NOT SEE A SHOW HERE, you will be wasting your money.

Stevejones
Stevejones

I thought the police state outside was bad, until we went in and saw the private police state inside.  Jane's Addiction rocks and Minneapolis sucks.  Too bad it used to be a lot of fun to go see a show downtown.   The owners of The Brick should have gone to First Ave to see how its done. From design to security I think First Ave is safe from the competition. 

swimming pool liners
swimming pool liners

To perform a few different variations of the crane position, stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, arms loose by your side. Gently transfer your weight to your left leg and pull your right foot up so that it's tucked next to your left knee. Be sure you're standing up straight so that your weight is distributed along your entire leg, not just your ankles.

Jimmy G
Jimmy G

so I'm hearing that the show is sold out but Janes website says that presale still is TBD...Whats the scoop? Anyone know?

Jimbo
Jimbo

First Avenue has the best sightlines and sound in the country among half-refurbed former Greyhound stations.....I've heard better sound underwater.......screw First Avenue and their little empire.....new is good....what are you like 11?  Is this piece a project for sixth grade English class?

24
24

ButtermilkPizza is right.  are you a professional journalist? this is horrible

dude
dude

this is as exciting as a jane's addiction show in 2012

Matt The Bat
Matt The Bat

Once First Ave took out all places to sit and tables are only for V.I.P.s, that is when I stopped going there.

Aguyinminneapolis
Aguyinminneapolis

"Those of you who saw Jane's Addiction's tour announcement yesterday probably asked ... What the hell is the Brick?"

word for word, that's what i said.

Bianca
Bianca

If anything I thought they'd play Myth for sure.

Susan
Susan

And "Bands" don't book Epic. Garbage pop rap books Epic.

Everyone's Favorite
Everyone's Favorite

Despite an attempt to hide your bias, I read this as - "I think it's all well and good that we have another option for places to see live music in Minneapolis..." ...BUT I'm such a First Ave fanboy that I can't help but imply hoping that this place fails.

I, for one, would love to see this place succeed. Competition is a good thing. First Ave could absolutely afford to step up their game, but nobody is pressing them to do so at the moment.

39
39

They have not gone on sale yet so no, they are not sold out

39
39

I have seen so many shows at First Avenue over the last 25 years, including Jane's Addiction, and I have to say that sound has never been an issue. First Ave doesn't so much have a "little empire" as much as it is the clubs that have opened up around the Twin Cities have sucked over the years. The Myth is awful and so was/is Glam Slam/The Quest/Epic. Sorry but the best shows I have seen, in the Twin Cities anyway, have been at either First Avenue or the Triple Rock (The Uptown was great as well RIP). And this writer is correct, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area needs a place that will hold 3,500 - 5,000 and preferably not in Maplewood.

Bianca
Bianca

I still can't believe I paid 45 bucks to see a Dipset "reunion" at Epic. Terrible venue.

c.a.s.
c.a.s.

First Ave has absolutely stepped up their game of late, although, in the last two years they've opened up The Depot, fixed up and re-branded the Record Room, re-vamped the soundboard, started a membership program and not to mention, given the whole deal a new coat of point.

First Ave aside, Erik's point stands, that The Brick is opening across from Epic, that they both seem to be similarly sized and oriented clubs and Epic is already generally uncompetitive with First Ave and lacking substantial local grassroots support. None of which bodes too well for The Brick & its long-term success, especially given the turnover that Epic has experienced.

Anyway, seeing as how The Brick website doesn't give any details, at least AEG Live website has a list of who might show up at The Brick: http://www.aeglive.com/artists...

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