This morning I woke up to find my Facebook feed flooded with the bad news that Denver's legendary rock club 3 Kings Tavern had closed their doors for good.

3 Kings was located at 60 S. Broadway in Denver and was a staple for the local rock community. It was your classic, dirty, rock and roll dive bar with a tiny stage in the corner of the room, and every time I went there to see a show it was packed.

I'll never forget the first time I went there, it was my birthday and my buddies' band Six Shooter was playing, and I quickly fell in love with the place.

A fairly well kept local secret was that Jello Biafra, former lead singer of punk band The Dead Kennedys would host dance parties there from time to time, and would pose for pictures with anyone that approached him.

3 Kings Tavern released this official statement on their Instagram page:

This is tough to type out, but after 15 years of rocking Denver, 3 Kings will not be reopening. Thank you beyond words for everyone’s love and support over the past 15 years. We were very fortunate to have a long run and host some insane shows and events over the years, and made more friends than we could ever list off. Please feel free to post and tag us in your favorite shows and memories over the years. The spirit of Kings will never die, be kind to one another, and keep supporting local music and local businesses. Cheers to all of you.

Love, 3 Kings Tavern

It pains me to think about what this pandemic is doing to the Colorado music scene, and I really hope this doesn't become a pattern.

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