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