Some of the bands that performed at this place during thost great years of NW music were:
Antones Blues West Tour
Charlie Musselwhite’s Band
The Clash (January 1979)
Dal Richards Band
George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Doug and The Slugs
Downchild Blues Band
Levon Helm and Rick Danko
Medeski Martin & Wood
The New Riders Of The Purple Sage
The Patti Smith Group
Powder Blues Band
R & B Allstars
Still Living at Home
The Stray Cats
Teen Angel & The Rockin' Rebels
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (June 1978)
Tower of Power
The Commodore Ballroom Website
This is the front entrance to the Commodore Ballroom in Downtown Vancouver BC. This one of the LAST remaining true full sized dance halls left in BC . It was built in 1928 and features a fabulous sprung dance floor and a full sized NY style stage complete with a 'Green Room', changing rooms, washrooms and showers all on stage right. Almost every big name in entertainment has passed through here including many NW rock groups and other big name acts. Some of the thousands of groups who played there include Freddie King, ZZ Top Downchild Blues Band, Powder Blues Band, and so many more. The room can hold upwards of 3000 people. It is unbelievable with grand spiral staircases to the upper levels and tons of hardwood railing in the balconies and main floor.
Chris Wolfe, October 2003When it opened as a regular nightclub by Drew Burns in the early 70s its license was for 900. There was reportedly 1500 in there in the late eighties for a heavyweight title fight (closed screen) - nobody could get to the bar.
I promoted a lot of shows there including Albert Collins, Antones Blues West Tour, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Burning Spear. Drew would allow up to 1200.
Ron Simmonds, July 2006
The Specials supported The Police at the Gardens Auditorium in 1979 and wiped the floor with them. They were immediately offered a headline spot at the Commodore the next day if I recall correctly. It was an unexpected ska explosion!
Mark Mushet, July 2011