Where have you gone, Axl Rose?
According to reports, developers are proposing a return of the iconic Baltimore hair metal club, Hammerjacks, near M&T Bank Stadium and envisioned as part of an entertainment zone around the new Horseshoe casino.
Earlier this summer, the Baltimore Business Journal reported that Kevin Butler, an Anne Arundel County businessman who bought the rights to the Hammerjacks name and trademark several years ago—Hammerjacks T-shirts can still be had online—was working with developers to reincarnate Hammerjacks in the football stadium's parking lot. Not far, actually, from the old Hammerjacks location at 1101 S. Howard St. And yes, Guns 'N Roses, like most, if not all, of the big name glam rock bands, did play Hammerjacks: Oct. 18, 1987, according to an online source.
The Business Monthly also wrote about the plans in 2012, noting Butler had previously, and shrewdly, purchased the expired copyrights to the Hammerjacks name and logo for "$1,000 and change."
This week the plans were pitched at a community meeting in Pigtown covered by the Baltimore Sun, which notes efforts to build the proposed 50,000-square-foot club must be approved by the City Council.
For those who didn't come of age rockin' in Baltimore in the '80s and early '90s, you don't know what you missed at the hair metal mecca that was Hammerjacks. (And that could be good thing, too.)
Check this YouTube clip.