A quick look at the club's long history.
April 3, 1970: The Greyhound bus depot built in 1937 reopens as the Depot nightclub, owned by catalog heir Allan Fingerhut, 25.
1970-80: Later named Uncle Sam's, it plays host to the likes of Ike & Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, B.B. King, the Kinks, the Ramones and the Stooges.
April 9, 1981: Lacking material, U2 repeats several songs in the encore of its local debut.
Dec. 31, 1981: Is renamed First Avenue and, with that year's opening of 7th Street Entry, begins era of more cutting-edge booking, led by such local bands as the Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Soul Asylum.
Aug. 3, 1983: Prince records most of his landmark "Purple Rain" album live at the club. Filming takes place in November.
Nov. 2, 2004: Amid an ownership battle and several unprofitable years, the club enters bankruptcy and shuts down for three weeks, before a judge turns over control to current owner Byron Frank.
2005: Turns a profit, as it would each year thereafter.
July 8, 2007: Prince's first performance at the club in 13 years is shut down by Minneapolis police after a 2:45 a.m. start time.
2010: Depot restaurant opens, VIP space is remade as the Record Room and (most welcome) a second Entry bathroom is added.
on a day at First Avenue at bit.ly/eeOov0