“The place was packed and rowdy. Michelle and Tony were busy behind the bar. All the people were dancing and singing along. It was a lovely and perfect Lion’s Lair evening.
“Then there was a short scuffle and a BANG! Some dude came stumbling in and collapsed at the front of the stage. The show and the party were over. That guy was shot!
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“Months later I ran into the same guy, who showed me his scar. He’d been pierced in the side and was so proud. I was never sure what became of the shooter.”
Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the history of local music venues by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.