Located at 7015 E. Roosevelt Boulevard, the Empire Rock Club was at the time of its opening, the only rock music venue in Northeast Philadelphia. In January 1985, the club began a metal music night every Sunday that was all ages. The night immediately became a success and helped start the careers of the bands Cinderella, Britny Fox, Heaven's Edge and Tangier.
Jon Bon Jovi, singer of the popular rock band Bon Jovi, discovered Cinderella at the club, introducing them to representatives of the music business. Cinderella went on to open for Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet World Tour, helping to expose them to the public.
The club closed in 1990. The building that once housed the Empire Rock Club is now home to a beer distributor, restaurant, Bingo Hall and furniture store.
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