With a heavy heart and a small taste of PBR still on my breath I can’t believe the Triple Rock is closing. It is and always will be my favorite music venue. I saw 3 band’s final shows (Youwretch, Mourner, Weekend Nachos Final MN show), I saw a dude set up a table in the middle of a mosh pit mid song and drink beer at it, I saw countless missed stage dives because kids parted like the red sea, I saw sold out shows I saw half room shows with 10 people on a Tuesday night. I met some of my best friends because of the Triple Rock. So I racked my brain and scrolled the story of my life through my Instagram to pull out some of these potato quality pictures to send off the TRSC the only way I know how. Rest in Cigs Triple Rock.
10. Danny Brown, April 26th, 2013
Danny Brown was relatively small at this point, and if it wasn’t for the controversial #fellatio that a young and adventurous college girl performed on him mid set, it would have been just another show. With help from this incident, Danny Brown received attention. And turned some heads (sorry) from there on out.
9. Thou, January 9th 2016
I’m drunk and it’s a cold night in January but the Triple Rock is packed and I’m with my friend Chris who is another ~Kurt Cobain~ fan boy like me and Thou all of a sudden says “Hey remember that girl who tried to sue us for playing that Nirvana song? Well this one goes out to her” and they rip into the heaviest down-tuned rendition of Floyd the Barber I’ve ever heard and before I realize it, I’m up front just yelling incoherently.
8. Deafheaven, June 24th 2014
It’s a BEYOND sold out show and Sunbather, Deafheaven’s massive album just came out. I’m not talking massive like it’s a cool record that a lot of kids like, I’m talking iPhone commercial background, NPR song of the year big. So the Triple Rock is bursting at the seams and I stand in the back about 10 steps into the door because that’s all the room there was to watch them shred some “atmospheric black metal” whatever you want to call it. Then some kids started a pit during a clean guitar interlude and the charm was broken. Sweet show though.
7. Joyce Manor, September 7th 2014
Nothing truly insane happened at this show but I do remember they opened with Constant Headache which is the best 4 minutes Joyce Manor ever laid to tape and I wore some American Apparel shirt over an American Nightmare shirt and I think that’s like the most appropriate thing to wear to a Joyce Manor show.
6. Title Fight (2012, 2015)
I was fortunate enough to catch Title Fight twice at the three rocks. The first time in 2012 they played with Single Mothers who I absolutely adored but were super small and my friend Morgan 2-stepped in winter boots so the pit was a puddle. Then Title Fight ripped through Floral Green tracks that just came out and it was the first time I ever saw a continuous cycle of stage dives for an entire show.
In 2015 they ripped just as hard but this time some kid stage dove and no one caught him. I don’t ever want to see a Title Fight show NOT at the Triple Rock.
5. Pig Destroyer, April 2016
It would have been just another rockin’ grind core show at the Triple Rock but my friends from Wisconsin rented a party bus and drove up to camp out in front of the venue. So I am ducking in and out the back door of the venue to listen to Meshuggah on a bus and head bang and get free drinks. So by the time PD came on I was feeling a little destroyed, pardon the pun. Then they played about 40 songs that lasted about 30 minutes and I was slack jawed and most likely drooling.
4. Morality Crisis “Boats” record release show / Nerves, June 28th 2013
So admittedly this show is definitely a little inside baseball for anyone who isn’t from Minneapolis. So I’ll keep it brief. Nerves was the best metal/hardcore/heavy band to come out of Minneapolis, and they played one of their final sets that night, and it ripped. Then Morality Crisis came on (the band who I have seen more than any other band ever), and the place is absolutely packed and I think literally everyone there was drunk even the straight edge kids. Amazing once in a lifetime type of show.
3. Modern Life is War, July 19th 2015
This show was less of a “holy shit a dude just back flipped off the railing” and more of an emotional experience, a cathartic moment that had been building from listening to countless hours of Modern Life is War. I’ve already written at length about how much this bands means to me so I’ll spare you the sob story. Bottom line, they played a desert island album, in front of me, for the low price of probably like $20.
2. Chelsea Wolfe, May 22nd 2016
This was a right-place-right-time type of show. Chelsea was touring on her most recent album at the time, which goes on to be my album of the year. It was a Sunday night and I was with my best friend and it was the most enthralling, engrossing, captivating show I ever saw at the Triple Rock. I don’t think I moved a muscle for 50 minutes, maybe only to turn to my friend and say “dude”.
1. Converge October 19th, 2012
The best show I was lucky enough to see at the Triple Rock was relatively early into my show going career there. I had tickets to see Touché Amoré the same night at a venue that’s walking distance from the Trock so I doubled up and caught both shows. A few things happened that night that made this show the number one:
- It was sold out, it was a hardcore/metal show, the craziest show/set I have ever seen
- My friend Sam lost his glasses in the pit
- The lead singer of Touché Amoré stage dove mid set
Favorite band of all time, favorite venue of all time. R.I.P.
by Andy Wilcox