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20 of metro Detroit's most iconic music venues

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Harper Theater/Harpos

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  • Shane Glenn

This venue began as a movie theater in 1939, but by 1979 the Harper Theatre transformed and rebranded into the hard rock Harpos. Throughout the years Harpos has welcomed a variety of performers to their stage including Motörhead, Anthrax, Ronnie James Dio, Megadeth, Slayer, and Iron Maiden. Harpos has been a long time hard rock venue in Detroit and had a reputation that matched the attitude of their hard-hitting heavy metal audience. Reports of shootings, car theft, and break-ins were common in the neighborhood surrounding the venue, but concert-goers were still drawn to the gritty and grungy atmosphere of Harpos — after all, not giving a shit is what rock 'n' roll is all about. Although Harpos may seem rough around the edges, it has sustained its credibility as the place to see the some of the best hard rock and metal Detroit has to offer.

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