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Toronto's El Mocambo Closing, Will Join These Other Legendary Lost Clubs

Looks like Toronto's legendary rock rock club the El Mocambo will be calling it a night in early November.

The Toronto Star reports current co-owner Sam Grosso will be closing the club on Nov. 6. "I would not like to sell it, but I don't have the money to continue buying out certain investors," Grosso told the newspaper, acknowledging the property located at 464 Spadina Avenue has been conditionally sold.

The club was known for hosting a who's who of rock acts during its 1970s heyday, including a 1977 gig by The Rolling Stones who released a portion of their set on their classic "Love You Live" album. In 1978, Elvis Costello performed there, later releasing "Live At The El Mocambo" in 1993. U2, Bo Diddley, The Ramones and countless others played the venue with Queens Of The Stone Age playing a surprise intimate gig there in 2008.

Even Arcade Fire played their first Toronto show at the El Mo back in 2003 opening for Jim Guthrie.

According to the venue's official site, a "Light Of Day" gig is slated with Joe Grushecky and John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band performing. "Don't miss out on the last concert at the El Mocambo before it closes," the site reads regarding the final gig which is a benefit show for Parkinson's disease research.

Unfortunately the El Mo as its known by many music lovers in Toronto, joins a growing list of iconic concert venues which have shut down over the years. Here are some of the better known clubs which have closed or will soon be closing complete with some amazing archival footage.

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