L’Amour, the venerable punk and metal venue
in Borough Park that’s hosted such disparate and legendary acts
as the Dead Kennedys and Judas Priest, celebrates its 25th anniversary
L’Amour has long been Brooklyn’s bastion for local and national acts, including such notables in the coming weeks as L.A. Guns and King Diamond. This Friday, Halloween perennials The Misfits, who are also celebrating 25 years of rock ’n’ rollin’, will perform at L’Amour, located on a warehouse-flanked and otherwise eerily quiet building at 1545 63rd St.
The venue itself is a monument to dingy simplicity. Think of your basement cellar, but with a couple of beer bottles strewn about. Turn out the lights, drop a stage in front and a bar in back, add some hair, and there, headbangers, is L’Amour.
Alone but for the Brooklyn Zoo, a punk and New Wave club in Sheepshead Bay during the 1980s, L’Amour has showcased the borough’s metal scene while giving a leg-up to young unknowns like Guns N’ Roses, who played at the venue in the mid ’80s, according to the venue’s Web site.
The list of bands that have rocked L’Amour’s stages since 1978 number in the hundreds and include hordes of local bands like Dashboard Mary and Sir Duke. But many, like Metallica, Faith No More and Megadeth, visited Borough Park long before becoming the household names they are today.
"I had known about it as a metal place - Metallica came out of there from what I understand," said Mike Shine, 26, lead singer of The Act, which will open for The Misfits on Halloween night. Shine said The Act’s theatrical shows employ everything from smoke machines to confetti cannons and "we always try to play every show like it’s Madison Square Garden."
Although intrigued by L’Amour’s history, Shine told GO Brooklyn, "I’m even more excited about seeing The Misfits - Jerry Only and Marky Ramone and Dez - those [The Misfits, The Ramones, and Black Flag] are three of my favorite bands of all time, so I will be in the audience watching the show, too."
At press time it had not yet been announced how L’Amour, the self-proclaimed "Rock Capitol of Brooklyn," would be celebrating its silver anniversary, so keep your eye on www.lamourrocks.com for more information.
L’Amour is located at 1545 63rd St.
at 15th Avenue in Borough Park. On Oct. 31, The Misfits, The
Act, Carnival of Souls, Scarred by Life, Kayden, Turn for the
Worse, Leviathan, Agnosis, Black Moon Rising, Subjected and more
will perform at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
On Nov. 1, The Color Guard, Down One, The Perfect Mistake, Voice of a Secret, Six Second Crush, Wail and Vertyle perform at 7:30 pm. Call for admission price.
On Nov. 2, Six Feet Under, Behemoth, Skinless, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cyanide Breed, Deadwait, Divine Signs, Dimentianon, Locked in a Vacancy and Raza Odiada perform at 5 pm. Call for admission price.
For more information, call (718) 837-9506.