When it comes to Minnesota concert venues, First Avenue in Minneapolis is probably one of the most well-known.

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Legendary acts that have rocked the venue are painted in the stars on the whole outside of the building, giving you an idea of the talent that's performed there.  What's extra impressive to me is that First Avenue is one of the longest-running independently owned and operated music venues in the United States. That really says something in the world we live in where corporations buy up everything, and ruin a lot of things too.

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I've been to dozens of shows at First Avenue over the years, but the one that stands out the most for me was Chris Cornell.  Doing his solo thing, singing all kinds of songs you would hope he'd sing, it was a magical night.  It was one of those concerts where many of my friends also attended, so the conversation and banter was on point as well as the show.  Chris truly had an aura around him on stage, and at times, you couldn't look away if you tried.  He really was that good, with vocals, delivery, and stage presence.  I'll never forget that night.

I was chatting with a friend the other day about small venue shows with big name bands.  This came up because of a recent interview with Adam Jones of Tool.  He mentions the possibility of "an intimate club tour".  How sweet would Tool be in a small venue like First Avenue?  As much as I'd like to see that, there is one band that is much higher on that list for me.  Metallica.

I've never seen Metallica live, which might actually be a sin, and I can't believe I haven't.  They top my list of bands that if I could see right now at First Avenue, I would sell a kidney for.  Next on that list would be Foo Fighters, and after that it's a tough call for me.

If you could see any band or artist currently alive at First Avenue in Minneapolis, who would it be?

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