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‘Bubble’ tribute planned for former Detroit rock promoter

May 4, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — The life of a former Detroit-area rock promoter, radio DJ and high school teacher will be celebrated outside the renowned venue he once ran.

A flash mob-style event is planned Sunday afternoon outside the former Grande Ballroom. That was the Detroit venue leased by Russ Gibb that hosted the likes of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, MC5, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Who and the Grateful Dead.

Organizers encourage people to “bring your own bubbles” for an environmentally friendly release.

Gibb died Tuesday of heart failure at 87.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Iggy Pop said Gibb was “the one true individual who opened the door to self-expression for me and so many other Detroit kids.” The Grande Ballroom gave the Stooges their first major show in 1968.