"D. BOON"

On the evening of November 2, 1985, I was in The Seventh Street Entry venue of Minneapolis, Minnesota's First Avenue Nightclub.  It is a dank little side room with a stage no more than two or three feet high, allowing for almost eye-level contact with the performers.  I was staring at a punk-rock power trio that was punching its way through a barrage of short, kinetic songs with a tightness that I had rarely ever witnessed. The front man jerked his hulking frame back and forth savagely as though suffering some form of musically induced seizure.  The group was The Minutemen and the front man was D. Boon.  In later years Boon would  be listed as the #89 guitar player on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time.  The Minutemen's album Double Nickels on the Dime, released in 1984, would be on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time. On that night in 1985, The Minutemen seemed poised to take the music world by storm. Unfortunately, in less than two months, D. Boon would be dead.





The Minutemen continued until December 23, 1985, when Boon was killed in a van accident in the Arizona desert near the Californian border on route I-10. Because he had been sick with fever, Boon was lying down in the rear of the van without a seatbelt when the van ran off the road. Boon was thrown out the back door of the van and died instantly from a broken neck. He was 27 years old. The band immediately dissolved, though Watt and Hurley would form the band fIREHOSE soon after. The live album Ballot Result was released in 1987, two years after Boon's death. - WIKIPEDIA



Each performer that appears at First Avenue is immortalized with a star.


This is the Seventh Street Entry doorway at the very far left side of First Avenue.  The Minutemen's star is two rows up and two rows over from the door.  The video below is not from First Avenue, but was recorded in a similar small venue.





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