Monday, February 27, 2012

Off Ramp Cafe: Alice in Chains (1990 Live Video)

Seattle's Off Ramp Cafe: Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog all played here.

Located in the Jet City's Eastlake neighborhood, Seattle's Off Ramp Cafe is no longer and sadly same goes for many of the bands that once played here.

One of those bands is the legendary Alice in Chains. Although the band still technically has a heartbeat sadly it's lead singer and bassist do not. Layne Staley passed away in 1996 and Mike Starr in 2010, both due to drug overdoses.

The Off Ramp Cafe is one fondly remembered by Seattle Generation-Xers although it's been gone for years now. Pearl Jam played their first official show at the club (under the moniker Mookie Blalock) which was nestled beneath Interstate 5, and is now called El Coraz√≥n. Oddly enough it looks like a lot of things that went down at the Off Ramp Cafe twenty-some years ago are now prohibited from El Coraz√≥n.

Prohibited actions are listed on the club's website:

  • NO Assholes 
  • NO Attitudes 
  • NO Racists, Homophobes, or Elitists 
  • NO Drugs 
  • NO Outside Alcohol 
  • NO Stage diving 
  • NO Graffiti 
  • NO Fighting You throw - You go 
  • NO sharp spikes 
  • NO colors/letters

For those of you feening for a video of the good old days at the Off Ramp, here's a great gem I found on YouTube. Alice in Chains in 1990, a full show, just under 37 minutes of video. It starts out kind of crappy but improves as the video goes on. A GREAT watch/listen. Check it out:

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