To the disappointment of music fans everywhere, Osaka's Shinsaibashi live house CLUB QUATTRO, will be closing its doors in September of 2011.
The decision to close the live house came from the condition of the buildings in the area.† The main building of the Shinsaibashi district, Shinsaibashi PARCO, was built back in 1972 and has been slowly aging and wearing down over the past four decades.† The owners of the building have been considering tearing it down and rebuilding, and with the leases expiring in September of 2011 the timing finally seemed right.
The PARCO building won't be disappearing completely, plans are already in place for the rebuilding of the iconic center.† Currently the owners want to add new features to bring in additional commerce, but CLUB QUATTRO has not announced that it will be continuing its business in the new building.† Right now, it appears moving the club is the most ideal plan, but no news has been officially released.
Shinsaibashi's CLUB QUATTRO was one of the three original QUATTRO clubs to open across Japan in May of 1991.† Since then, the intimate 650 person club has been host to a variety of Japanese and International artists and has become a token gateway for new artists expanding into the national music scene.† After the closing of Shibuya's HMV during the summer, this comes as another heavy blow to Japanese music fans.
Photo: rock addict.jp / QUATTRO official