Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has joined calls for London's iconic 100 Club to be saved from closure, branding the venue "a living piece of history".
The tiny underground club is set to shut its doors for the last time at the end of the year (10) because of increased running costs.
A campaign is underway to save it, and Gillespie has now added his voice to the fight, insisting it's essential to preserve a venue with such "cultural value".
He says, "When it comes to rock and roll, The 100 Club is the best room in London. No contest. Rock and roll was created in small, sweaty clubs, that's where the music sounds best. At The 100 Club there is nowhere to hide, you've got to have the chops to deliver, you've got to mean it, there's no room for fakes. You've got to be good to play there and carry it off. Trial by fire.
"That's why it's important to keep The 100 Club open. It has as much cultural value as any art gallery or museum. It's a living place of history. Don't let it die."
Hundreds of British bands - including the Sex Pistols and Oasis - got their big break after playing sets at the 100 Club, and Pistols bass player Glen Matlock is adamant the venue should remain open to keep up tradition.
He says, "(The owners) very kindly let us do a residency there. The first time we played, there was about six to 10 people, but by the end of the residency, it established the band as the forefront punk band and the place was crowded out. You had to queue around the block to get in!"