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Joe Shanahan, owner of Chicago’s Metro, diagnosed with cancer

    Photo via TimeOut Chicago

    According to The Chicago Tribune, longtime Chicago music fixture Joe Shanahan has been diagnosed with tongue cancer.

    Shanahan, 57, is the owner of several of the city’s most beloved music venues, including Double Door and Smart Bar, in addition to the Gingerman Tavern. Without a doubt, however, his crown jewel is the Metro, considered by many to be Chicago’s premier music venue. Under his watchful eye, the Metro served as the launching pad for bands like Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. and a popular destination for Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters, among many others.

    The Tribune reports that Shanahan will begin three-month long radiation treatment this week. He says the prognosis is good, adding, “We caught it in time.”

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    As a past partner of the Metro, Consequence of Sound wishes Shanahan a speedy recovery.

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