The Rat's Last Stand: November 15, 1997
Any good scenester can tell you that November 15, 1997 was the date of the final gig ever played at Boston's legendary, notorious punk club, the Rat. The final band onstage was, appropriately enough, Gang Green, who probably drank (and sold!) more beers at that joint than anyone. Yes, the bathroom was as bad as everyone says it was. Yes, every ridiculous show was as ridiculously good as everyone says it was. Discuss.
But here's a bit of trivia for our punk-rock friends. Had the club stayed open for another two weekends, can you name the bands that were scheduled to appear during a hardcore-kid's dream weekend? OK, here's the ad that ran in the Phoenix the week the club closed: