Few rock clubs have survived as long or sparked as vibrant a music scene as First Avenue has in Minneapolis. It has served as a hippie hangout, a discotheque, a punk haven, and an all-night dance club. It's Mainroom and 7th Street Entry stages have been graced by everyone form Joe Cocker to U2, the Ramones to Nirvana, Tina Turner to Sharon Jones, the Kinks to Culture Club, R.E.M. to Run-D.M.C., Ice Cube to Arcade Fire, James Brown to Jack White, Anthrax to Zuluzuluu. It has been an essential incubator for local musicians, providing a launching pad for the likes of Hüsker Dü , The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland, the Jayhawks, and others from Minneapolis's alt-rock heyday as well as many countless more who followed in their footsteps. And, of course, it was where local legend Prince catapulted to international stardom, turning a purple spotlight on the black-painted club in Minneapolis.