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The Palms. Before The Palms, it was called the Electric Ballroom and it was originally a movie theater. It sits empty and unloved now. The Ramones, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., The Residents and Husker Du, among many other bands played there.

And of course, there was the now-infamous Plasmatics show in January of 1981 where Wendy O. Williams got beat up by the cops after the show. Milwaukee photographer Al Gartzke took the photo seen around the world of a Milwaukee cop's boot on her head while she was lying in the snow. She was arrested but later aquitted of the "lewd" charges against her. We miss you WOW.


The Palms posters:

Gang War at the Palms (July 31, 1980) With Valiants and Nervous System. I was too young to attend this show but I spent an amusing night attending to a wasted Johnny Thunders at Cafe Voltaire some years later ("hey ron...make me a cheese and tomato pizza!" - Johnny.)

Gang War at the Palms (July 31, 1980) With Valiants and Nervous System. Alternate poster submitted by Steve Shantz of the Valiants. (Up on the bricks there is some graffiti that says "Jim Prentice - For a Good Time Call" and "Wigs What?" plus "The Bombs Left Town." Hmmm....)

Gang of Four, X, The Motels, Stray Cats at The Palms (July-August, 1982) 4 big shows (3 really) at the legendary Palms - it sits empty and unloved now.

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