Last week, an iconic rock venue in my area was finally sold at an auction, several months after its last ever gig. Because of the interest of land developers and issues with internal politics, not to mention the struggling economic climate, JB’s in Dudley had no choice but to shut down in January, 2011 – one of many other venues that have suffered the same fate across the UK.At this point, it’s tempting to bring up a fond story that I may have about JB’s and all the various shows I got to see over there, but I can’t. The truth is, I never had a chance to give JB’s a try before its closure – by the time I actually heard of its existence, most of the shows were from tribute bands or indie rock groups which did little to gauge my interest back then (or even now). Furthermore, while it’s just as tempting to make this entire piece an ode to a deceased rock venue, it’s not really the point of the discussion I wish to get going here.
What do you lot make of this issue? What's happened to live music venues where you live, and why?