Remember When: Policeman Lost Gun at North Decatur Punk Show

Yes, that happened at the now-defunct rock club, Rumors, that used to sit at the intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur roads, apparently.

Forgive me, but I was born in '83 and raised in Maryland. So, prior to Tuesday, I'd never heard of Rumors, an apparent concert venue that used to exist at the intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur roads.

But, according to Creative Loafing, this was the case.

I was randomly combing through Atlanta's history Tuesday evening and stumbled across the alternative weekly's 30-year rearview of history in Atlanta it published when Creative Loafing itself turned 30 in 2002.

An incident at Rumors made the cut.

From the posting, which included defunct performance venues:

Rumors -- An indoor amphitheater complete with cement grandstands around its walls, Rumors was a wild and woolly rock club located at the intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur roads. X frontman John Doe still shudders at the memory of the night his band's show was delayed while an undercover cop searched the dance floor for his missing gun.

So, why did I post a decade-old article? Because, as I said, I've never heard of Rumors, and the thought of a rock club at the intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur (as it exists today) totally boggles the mind. The band X was big throughout the '80s and early '90s, so I'm going to guess Rumors shut down sometime in the '80s. Correct me if I'm wrong.

So, if anyone out there remembers this place, feel free to tell me about it in the comments section below. (I'm praying someone was at that show.)

Crash June 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM
I remember it. Clarence Clemmons played there once. There were a few other good bands...whose names escape memory.....
David June 12, 2013 at 01:32 PM
My Dad had an apartment the other side of Clairmont. I walked across the street to see REM and Oh OK on NY Eve 12/31/82. Bill Berry played drums with Oh OK that night as I recall. I seem to remember seeing Jorma Kaukonen perform solo there too. Wish I had been at that X show.
phil c June 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
The large center store front in the strip mall was originally an A&P, the only grocery store in the North Druid Hills/ Toco Hills area before the original center section of Toco Hills opened a grocery (name?) where the Office Depot is now. Nearest other shopping areas would have been Cheshire Bridge / LaVista, Skyland Plaza at Clairmont / Buford Hwy, downtown Chamblee, Brookhaven; this part of DeKalb was still rural in the early / mid 50's. THe space later became many retail spaces, including Rumors (a good club actually, with good bleacher seating, good sound (most of the time), good lighting, good stage, etc. I saw many excellent shows with local, regional and a few national acts. It was also an office for several years for DeKalb County government (? dept.).


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