The White Stripes played their first show at the Gold Dollar Detroit on August 14, 1997, in the club’s opening year. Over the next five years, the Cass Corridor venue would become the IT place to experience live music. That was before the Internet when people still left their house to discover live music.
The building itself got its start as a drag bar in the 1960s, in the days before Stonewall.
There’s a lot of history left to history, including the building itself which caught on fire July 2019 and was demolished on Monday, August 12th, two days before the 22nd anniversary of the White Stripe’s first show.
The building may be gone, but in our hearts the Gold Dollar lives on!