Harpos Concert Theatre

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Harpos Concert Theatre is a music venue located at 14238 Harper Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. It is known as a venue for Heavy Metal and Industrial Rock.


It was built in 1939 for the Wisper and Westman circuit as the Harper Theatre. It was built for about $290,000 and was designed in Art Moderne style by Charles N. Agree.[1] There is an 80-foot (24 m) vertical sign on the front of the theatre that spells out "HARPOS," adapting the old Harper Theater sign. There are murals in the lobby and auditorium by Thomas di Lorenzo.

It was converted to a Rock club in 1974.

Rock bands who have performed there[edit]

Bands that have performed there over the years have included Iron Maiden, U2, Ratt, Golden Earring, Dio, Shooting Star, White Zombie, Danzig, The Misfits, Paul Rodgers, Anthrax, Foghat, Cheap Trick, Rob Halford, Kick Axe, Robin Trower, Dead Kennedys, Mitch Ryder, Motörhead, Blue Öyster Cult, Alvin Lee, Ted Nugent, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, John Entwistle, INXS, Ace Frehley, Yngwie Malmsteen, Spin Doctors, Helix, Dokken, Y&T, Savatage, Kix, Ian Hunter, Nazareth, Prong, Slayer, Megadeth, Johnny Winter, Michael Schenker Group, Armored Saint, Molly Hatchet, Type O Negative, Joe Lynn Turner, Gwar Powerman 5000, Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Mushroomhead, Insane Clown Posse, W.A.S.P., FireHouse, Jackyl, Twisted Sister, Brian Setzer and many others.

Heavy metal band Corrosion of Conformity filmed their live DVD Live Volume at Harpos on April 20, 2001.

Hip-hop acts who have performed there[edit]

The venue has also hosted shows for hardcore hip hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Montell Jordan, Lil' Kim, Run DMC, Salt-n-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Gorilla Zoe, Twista, Boondox, Twiztid, and King Gordy.

Esham, the originator of Detroit's own Acid Rap, who some consider to be the godfather of Detroit hip hop, is the first known rap artist to perform a hip hop show at this club in the early 1990s.


  1. ^ "Harpos Concert Theatre in Detroit, MI". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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Coordinates: 42°24′14″N 82°57′58″W / 42.4039°N 82.9662°W / 42.4039; -82.9662