Tower Records, Boston MA

J. Geils Band Day, June 4, 1999. Tower Records, 360 Newbury St. Boston.

From Erika’s Tribute to Seth Justman site – June 4, 1999 was declared J. Geils Band Day in the city of Boston by Mayor Menino. The band was presented with a star on the Walk of Fame at the former Tower Records in Downtown Boston.

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Star photo © 1999 Allstondave

Many thanks to Dan Bolton for the following photos that he took on the day.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Tower Records at 360 Newbury Street was a favorite spot among music lovers for over a decade. A 1991 Boston Globe article says that “Tower Records stomped into Boston with the nation’s largest music store three years ago,” while another says that “When Tower Records opened its astonishing store on Newbury Street, it altered the Boston compact disk market forever, and remade Newbury Street’s commercial scene.” Long the largest record and CD outlet in the Boston area, its closing in 2002 marked the end of an era (though the space was soon occupied by another equally huge music store, Virgin Megastore).

On April 27, 2006, The Boston Globe reported: “Virgin Megastore is moving out of its Newbury Street digs to make room for a new high-end retailer at the landmark Frank Gehry building where luxury condominiums are opening this fall. Virgin has agreed to vacate its 40,000 square-foot music store by June 2007 and seek an alternative location in Boston in the near future, according to a statement released this morning.” Electronics retailer Best Buy has since signed a 10 year lease, and construction is now commencing for a July 27, 2007 opening of a 41,500 square foot store encompassing 3 above ground floors, and a basement that will be used for storage.