First Avenue

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First Avenue Tours

First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

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Experience the venue made famous by Prince’s Purple Rain, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how First Avenue & the 7th St Entry began. Having celebrated its 45th Anniversary in 2015, First Avenue is one of the longest running independently owned and operated clubs in the United States, as well as one of the most celebrated. During your tour you can expect to step onto our world-renowned stage, check out the “set list wall” backstage, and maybe even hear a few ghost stories.

First Avenue and 7th St Entry is a live music lover’s dream. With two separate performance spaces in one building, the historic venue offers something for everyone. The Mainroom, a 1550-person capacity live music venue hosts over 200 concerts a year, while 7th St Entry, a 250-capacity venue hosts over 350 concerts annually. We've been the launching pad for local bands like Atmosphere, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Semisonic, and Soul Asylum; additionally the club is a stepping stone for national musicians including Joe Cocker, U2, Eminem, Tina Turner, Black Flag, The Ramones, Depeche Mode, Bo Diddley, Lucinda Williams, Metallica and, of course, Prince.

Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.