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Ten Now-Closed Legendary Broward Music Venues

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5. The Edge
Where Revolution Live now stands there was once the Edge. In the early '90s, the night hours belonged to grunge and alternative acts like the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and Beck. The real party started at three in the morning, when ravers took over the club shaking their glow sticks and booties way past the rising of the sun.
4. The Chili Pepper
After being the Edge and before morphing into Revolution Live, this Fort Lauderdale concert hall was known as the Chili Pepper. During its existence from 1997-2001, some notable metal bands like Sepultura, Danzig, and Megadeth played within its walls. But the reason it makes the list is the late, great David Bowie played his longest ever show here in 1997. 
3. Sunrise Musical Theater
Opened in 1976 and closed in 2002 to become a house of worship, this 3,700-seat theater heard some of this world's most heavenly musicians during its tenure. Frank Sinatra, Prince, Miles Davis, and U2 sang here while Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, George Carlin, and Jerry Seinfeld cracked jokes.   
2. Hollywood Sportatorium
From 1970 to 1988, this Pembroke Pines arena dubbed itself "the rock mecca of South Florida." Though it booked mighty acts, the Sportatorium had its share of problems. Roger Waters and Billy Joel on separate occasions complained loudly about the awful acoustics. A one-night delay of a 1985 show had Robert Plant quipping, "This is the first gig I've ever done that was rained out inside the building." But in spite of its many problems, everyone from Pink Floyd to Guns N' Roses to the Beastie Boys to the Grateful Dead to Madonna played shows here.
1. Pirate's World
Any place that saw David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead take to its stage in their prime would make a formidable entry on our list. But the fact that this Dania venue was also a 100-acre, pirate-themed amusement park closes the door to all competition. When it opened in 1967, Pirate's World might have seemed state of the art, but when a little place called Disney World opened up north, it drove Pirate's World to bankruptcy in 1975.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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