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10 Venues Every Music Lover Must Visit

Whether you’re a fan of the long locks and soulful tunes of Dolly Parton, or you love to rock out to Marilyn Manson, these 10 spots are a music lover’s paradise.

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1. Graceland, Tennessee

Elvis Presley called Graceland home for two decades during the prime of his career. Over 600,000 fans visit the home of the King of Rock & Roll annually. Over 20 million tours have been given since his home became a museum in 1982. (1)

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2. Paisley Park, Minnesota

Paisley Park is Prince’s creative Fortress of Solitude. This 65,000 square-foot complex is capable of producing multiple types of art and film productions, from clothes to film to the music that rocked our world. Tours start at $35 a piece.

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3. Abbey Road, London

Because where else can you find a recording studio that hosted the Beatles and Pink Floyd? Home to the world’s most creative artists and albums, it may be near impossible to get inside Abbey Road Studios. However, no one will judge you if you try to recreate the iconic album cover by the same name. Ok, someone might. But I won’t.

4. AC/DC Lane, Australia

ACDC Lane was formerly known as Corporation Lane, but nobody cared too much when the name was changed to recognize one of the most famous rock bands to come out of Australia.

5. London Bridge Studio, Washington

Home to some of the best grunge bands of the 90s, London Bridge Studio was built in 1985 by brothers Raj and Rick Parashar. Pearl Jam recorded their hit album Ten in this studio. Other notable artists to record here include Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains, and One Republic. Take a tour of the control room and full kitchen loaded with the goods.

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6. Motown Museum, Michigan

The Motown Museum in Detroit is a music lover’s paradise. Artists such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder all worked under the Motown record label. With over 180 number 1 hits, it’s easy to see why Motown is a legendary stop for any aspiring artist.

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7. The Museum of Pop Culture, Washington

Because where else can you find exhibits dedicated to Jim Henson, Marvel superheroes, and Bowie all under the same roof? Otherwise known as MoPOP, this building houses the perfect blend of music, science fiction, and popular culture. Events include battle of the bands, writing workshops, and outdoor movie nights.

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8. Carnegie Hall, New York City

Since its beginnings in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the gold standard for American musical productions. A five-day festival commemorated the opening of the hall, and New York City has never looked back. Famous artist who have performed over the years include Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and The Beatles. Carnegie has also been a hotspot for political debate. Mark Twain and Booker T. Washington gave lectures on this spot.

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9. Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee

No trip to Nashville would be complete without first making a stop to see the Grand Ole Opry. This amazing venue put country music on the map. Top country music singers and bands such as Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, and Easton Corbin play here on a nightly basis. TV show Dancing With the Stars performs live showings on stage.

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10. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Ohio

323 legends and counting have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With tickets to the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction at just over $20, what’s not to like about this epic venue. This year’s inductees include Bon Jovi, The Cars, and Dire Straits.


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