Iconic rock club Metro immortalized in Gene Ambo’s photographs – recorded at Circle Tavern (Episode 753)

If you like music, Chicago culture and kickass tavern food, this is your episode.

Photographer Gene Ambo joins me to talk about his massive new coffee table book, “HEAVY METRO: ACCESS ALL ERAS.” The book covers 40 years of live music on and off the legendary stage of Chicago’s Metro (3730 N. Clark Street).

The book is a mind-blowing collection of performance and backstage shots, including metal giants Slayer, Metallica and Motorhead; alternative superstars Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Ramones, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers; and punk heroes like Naked Raygun and Descendents. We talk about the stories behind the shots, and the moods and the attitudes of the artists in the pictures.

This episode was fueled by the insanely good burgers at Circle Tavern (18 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park). Owner/all around kickass dude Mike Jardine jumped in the backseat to join in the conversation and talk about Circle Tavern’s menu and history. No joke: The double burgers are completely legit and worth a trip to Elmwood Park.

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Author: carconcarne