The Beatles - Famous Venue Where The Beatles Played Burns Down

A famous venue where The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who once played has partially collapsed after a fire.

The legendary bands performed at the Ritz Ballroom in Kings Heath, England before the club was turned into a cash converters store, which was partially destroyed after a blaze broke out on Wednesday (27Mar13).

Over 40 first responders were called in to battle the flames and police officials are currently investigating the cause of the fire as suspicious. No one was injured.

Jez Collins, who runs the Birmingham Music Archive, tells BBC News, "In Birmingham we've lost so much of our musical history. If you compare it to other cities like Liverpool and Manchester, which have really made something of their famous venues, we've lost a lot.

"People remember going to the Ritz to see The Beatles, The Stones, The Animals, Pink Floyd and all the big names of the time. People met their husbands and wives there and now that building's gone."

The Ritz Ballroom was shut down in the 1970s, but local officials had planned to celebrate the landmark's legacy in September (13), 50 years after the Satisfaction hitmakers first performed at the venue.


Tags: Beatles - Rolling Stones - The Who


More Beatles

Job Advert: Lollipop Lady, or Man, For 'Beatles' Abbey Road Crossing

A Westminster councillor is making plans to create a job opening for a lollipop lady or man to work at the famous 'Beatles' zebra crossing...

Guess Which Insects Have Killed the George Harrison Memorial Tree?

A tree planted in tribute to former Beatles guitarist George Harrison has died after being infested by...beetles. The pine tree was planted in Los Angeles'...

Beyoncé "Honoured & Humbled" By Hall Of Fame Exhibition

Beyoncé's fabulous collection of stage outfits in addition to some of her red carpet looks will be the focus of a new exhibition hosted at...

Happy Days! Why Ron Howard Will Make A Great Director Of The Beatles Documentary

Ron Howard is set to direct a new documentary focussing on The Beatles' journey from The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance in...


Beatles Documentary In Safe Hands as Ron Howard Signs on to Direct

Ron Howard will direct and produce a fully authorized documentary on The Beatles touring years between 1960 and 1966, it has been confirmed. This is...

The Beatles Revived One More Time In Concert Documentary About The Early Years

Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will...

Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary, From Cavern Club to San Francisco

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary about The Beatles, following their journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last concert at...

Manic Street Preachers Named Most Lyrically Diverse As 'Futurology' Released

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study...



Beatles Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Beatles

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All