Twelve years ago Corporation Lane in Melbourne was renamed ACDC Lane to honour the biggest and best band from Down Under. But they’re not the only outfit to have their own street – here’s your ticklist for the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage.
Flaming Lips Alley, Oklahoma City
The eccentric psych platoon got this honour from their home town in 2006. But it’s said to be a poorly lit alleyway, with rubbish all over the place. Talk about back-handed accolades!
Joey Ramone Place, New York
In November 2003, part of Manhattan’s East 2nd Street was renamed in honour of the late Ramones frontman. It’s the block where he once lived, and is close to the site of CBGB’s.
Calle De Joe Strummer, Granada
Last year, the late Clash icon got the honour of having a square named after him. This was in the town where he took refuge in 1984 as The Clash started to fall apart
Dave Grohl Alley, Warren, Ohio
In 2009, the Foos mainman received this honour from the town where he was born. He even showed up to the official opening, and played a song. Interestingly, the renaming of the alley was instigated by a local policeman.
Korn Row, Bakersfield
This street was officially opened in 2006, on a day that was marked Korn Day. It’s said to be a quiet locale, but at least the road sign has the band’s trademark backwards ‘R’.
Above photo by: Renjishino
Tom Petty Road, Dickson, TN
This runs for 1.57 km, so it isn’t the longest road ever named after a rock muso. And quite why it was Dickson that decided to fete Petty.. well, why not?
Jimi Hendrix Park, Seattle
Well, having a park named after you is a lot nicer than an alley. In 2006, a local park was renamed in honour of the great guitarist. And he also has Jimi Hendrix Way in Bellingham, WA.
Frank Zappa Strasse, Berlin
You’ll find a huge studio complex on this street, which was named in 2007. Up to 160 bands can rehearse simultaneously there. Mind you, Zappa would probably have insisted that the walls were all torn down, and everyone rehearsed together in the open space.
Dio Way, Cortland, New York
Ronnie James Dio grew up in Cortland, and the city decided to express their respect for the former resident by naming a street after him a couple of years ago. And it’s the street where he actually grew up.
Anthrax Street, Fayetteville
In 1996, surveyor Mike Tate managed to persuade the authorities to name a street in North Carolina after Anthrax. Just because he was a fan. No more was said by anyone until 2001, when there was a scare that terrorists would launch anthrax attacks (nothing to do with the band). Residents demanded a name change, and got it – hiss! So, it’s now Allegiance Avenue.