The Big Bang in Tempe to Close on September 6

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The Big Bang in Tempe are about to go silent after more than a decade. Owners of the underground piano bar, a hallmark of Mill Avenue's nightlife scene since it opened 2003, have announced that it will closing its doors on September 6.

Recent messages on both the bar's voicemail and its Facebook account informed its patronage of the closure. And while no reasons are given for the big end of the Big Bang, the messages encouraged its regulars and fans to attend the spot's final nights in operation.

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(The Tempe location is one of three Big Bangs in operation around the country. Calls to both the bar and national headquarters for the franchise have not been returned as of this writing.)

Those who show up for one last round at the basement-level bar, which is situated on the lower level of a bar-heavy building at the corner of Mill Avenue and Fifth Street, will be the last of a long line of rock fans, night owls, college kids, bachelorettes, couples, and drinkers who stopped by the Big Bang over the years for an evening of rock and pop covers performed on the dueling pianos.

Nightly revues of radio hits, pop standards, old favorites, and classic rock tunes performed in lively and rowdy fashion by the bar's resident pianists, usually backed up a guitarist and drummer, have been the big draw at the Big Bang since its debut. (And yes, they played Billy Joel's "Piano Man" with great regularity.)

Mass singalongs by crowds regularly resulted, with the volume getting louder as the night wore on and the alcohol really kicked in. Thanks to its spirited atmosphere, the Big Bang was a popular spot for folks celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and other happy occasions.

However, strident renditions of "Sweet Caroline" and "Last Dance With Mary Jane" being sung by the inebriated wasn't the only sort of rock action at the basement bar, as it also occasionally hosted a few local indie bands now and again, such as Jared and the Mill, Palms, and Stellacutta.

Like with any of the ever-growing number of Tempe music joints to close within the last several months, the regulars are certainly saddened by it's shuttering. One Valley resident by the name of Courtney Jacobs made the following reply to the announcement of Big Bang's closing on Facebook:

"The Big Bang is one of the few remaining gems of Tempe and Mill Ave. From birthdays to going away parties, first dates to random Tuesday nights, The Big Bang has been a HUUUGE part of our lives," Jacobs wrote. "My husband and I had our first dates there. My best friends and I spent our summers there. It is so sad to see this piece of our little history close."

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501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

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125 comments
Paul Whelan
Paul Whelan

Government always has to promote restaurant and bar development and stop having the police harass it's citizens! DUI harassment is way over the top. Put the person in a cab and send them home. Don't use DUI's to raise revenue.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Yeah. Bars booze and live venues are bad business. The nation already knows this.

Kelly Remaklus Mahoney
Kelly Remaklus Mahoney

I loved that place...only wish it wasn't so crowded and dark. Going to miss that place. Arizona doesn't know good music.

Jesse Coulter
Jesse Coulter

What?!?!? Danny HUNDMAN that was our go to bar dammmmit

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

I don't go downtown Tempe anymore. No parking and crappy stuff there.

Kristi Ellison
Kristi Ellison

WHAT?? That BLOWS...first Guadalajara now Big Bang?? What is this world coming to

Al Toledo
Al Toledo

What ever happened to that jazz player? or those random drums players on mill? There used to be cool stuff but now it's lame and uptight...

Val Gunz
Val Gunz

Nooooo! we need to go one last time for old times sake Meesh Mac Jaclyn Schimmel

Audrey Kruse DiBello
Audrey Kruse DiBello

That really sucks !! Someone on that city council needs to get their head outta their ass and get some good bands coming back in. Liven it up again !! Seen some great bands(UFO etc) at After the Gold Rush/Hammerheads...Where are those clubs anymore and The big names coming in ??!!! Step it up Mill Ave/Tempe !! Too close to LA to not give a Damn !!

Marisol Canchola
Marisol Canchola

Phillip Tran you betta organize one last wildcat hurrah. Cassie Schey, MacKenna Nelson Barron, Tricia Valliere, Rachael Schweickert, Lisa Ann, Mia Valenzuela Ponce,

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

That's precisely my Point. There isn't as big of a market for it due to the internet killing sales of albums and admissions to venues. Music isn't as scared as it once was before the dawn of the internet. It's not just Mill Ave, it's everywhere. Many places in Saint Louis are going through the same thing. But ultimately Mill Ave is still on the rise when it comes to nightlife, urban living, entertainment, and culture. Especially when comparing to the test of the Phoenix metro.

Benjamin Fuqua
Benjamin Fuqua

As a local musician, I completely disagree. Live music isn't hurting, there just aren't any good places to play with everywhere closing.

Justin Sena
Justin Sena

Wow..... Maybe they'll put another El Hefe there... What's better than one El hefe? 9,000,000 El Hefes on every corner of every street.

Jennifer Salazar
Jennifer Salazar

EXACTLY. Businesses can't afford the rent anymore either.

Jared Regan
Jared Regan

The only thing that wasn't at full douche capacity on mill. That's a damn shame

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