TJ’s to Re-Open as Themed Restaurant

Kurt Cobain at TJs in 1991 - Photograph by Unknown

The world renowned TJ’s of Newport is to be re-opened as a themed restaurant after commanding a £242,000 price tag at auction, it went on the market with Paul Fosh Auctions with a guide price of £175,000.

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RM’s R.I.P.

Amped is sad to report that Merthyr’s original rock club RM’s caught fire last night. Reports surfaced around 8pm last night followed by photographs this afternoon.

The club opened in the late 90’s and played host to many of today’s major Welsh acts such as: Funeral for a Friend, Lostprophets and When Reason Sleeps (comprised of members of The Blackout and The Guns).

The club shut down in the mid noughties and was quickly turned into a chinese buffet.

Sadly all hope of the club returning to it’s former glory is lost.

R.I.P RM’s

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Extinct Venue – Studio Bar, Merthyr Tydfil

The Studio Bar opened in early 2006, the former home of a short lived ice rink. The building was originally home to the Castle Cinema, built in 1929 on the site of the original Castle Hotel. The venue was opened as a replacement for RMs, the legendary venue which had closed down at the end of 2005.

In the early days the Studio Bar was located on the ground floor of the Cinema, the stage being the platforn which stood before the main screen. The ice rink layout served as a pit and the surrounding area was furnished with tables and chairs.

Regular faces at the Studio Bar included:

The Blackout
Kids in Glass Houses
The Guns
The New 1920
Miss Conduct (now known as S!rens)
Ian Watkins

The venue was famed for it’s all day events, and it’s Christmas specials – which included the infamous Blackout Christmas Show of 2006, featuring Kids in Glasses Houses and Ian Watkins of Lostprophets fame.

Within a year of opening the stage was relocated to the upstairs area, the owneer of the building had installed a bowling alley in place of the original stage which prompted a ‘Save our Studio Bar’ campaign.

After a short stint in the upstairs area the action returned downstairs, albeit without a stage in an area which was a fraction of the size of the original venue. Things lasted until early 2007 and the venue went into a temporary hiatus before returning in late 2007, with shows from The Guns, Dopamine and The Blackout seeing the year out.

The venue survived until the middle of 2008 and gigs wrapped up due to poor attendance.

At the present time there is no venue in Merthyr Tydfil.

Do you have any photographs or memories of the Studio Bar? Why not share them in the comment box below?

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens