BACKSTAGE AT THE COMMODORE
Legendary Music History Tour
Back by popular demand, Forbidden Vancouver is staging Backstage at the Commodore — a behind the scenes tour inside the legendary Commodore Ballroom. Your host is writer, musician, historian, raconteur and veteran of the Commodore stage himself Aaron Chapman, the man who literally wrote the book on the history of Vancouver’s most celebrated live music venue.
Armed with tales of debauchery, showmanship, and excess that have marked the Commodore’s illustrious 88 year history, Aaron will bring to life the stories of the venue that Billboard magazine described as “one of the top 10 most influential music venues in North America.”
Aaron will be joined by special guests from Vancouver’s music scene, as together you explore the dressing rooms, stand on the fabled stage, and experience the history of a Vancouver entertainment landmark. This intimate tour is limited to a capacity of just 50 people so get your tickets now!
Live at the Commodore
The Commodore Ballroom’s played host to just about every star and band you can imagine: U2, Snoop Dogg, James Brown, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty, Blondie, the Clash, Nirvana, Kiss, David Bowie, Count Basie, Kay Perry… this just scratches the surface of the universe of acts that have performed on the famous stage.
A popular first stop on many bands’ first North American wide tour, the Commodore has the unique position of having hosted so many acts “on their way up,” marking the first step on their road to fame and glory. Aaron Chapman has performed himself many times on the Commodore stage, as a member of famed Vancouver bands the Real MacKenzies and the Town Pants.
So in 2015 Aaron put pen to paper and chronicled the history of the Commodore Ballroom. At the event you can buy your own copy of Live at the Commodore — the story of Vancouver’s historic Commodore Ballroom — and have the author on hand to sign a copy for you!