Effort to commemorate The Warehouse gears up

It was considered one of the great rock concert venues in the country, and it used to sit right on the New Orleans riverfront.

The Warehouse was the last place where Jim Morrison and The Doors ever performed; the Allman Brothers were considered the house band.  And now a local man is trying to preserve its memory in stone.

When it comes to lovers of The Warehouse, few can top Bobby Wahl. "Jim Morrison's last concert was at The Warehouse. Grand Funk's "American Band" -- the lyrics were written at The Warehouse," says Wahl.

Wahl has converted the third floor of his home to a shrine to the legendary concert venue. Scores of fliers line his walls, advertising concerts at the old cotton warehouse at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Felicity from 1970 to 1982.

"I've got the first one here from The Grateful Dead, and the last one from Talking Heads.  It went on for 12 years," Wahl said.

It's a rock and roll history that Wahl is adamant about preserving.

Wahl recalls, "The Fourth of July shows with Jethro Tull and Yes cost just four dollars."

Wahl has proposed building a monument to The Warehouse.  He said, "We want to have the centerpiece at the monument site, and surround it with 320 of the top shows at The Warehouse."

He has already received 125 dollar commitments for 320 bricks, commemorating every rock act that played the venue, surrounding a giant rock.

"It's only six blocks from the Convention Center, and I think people will go out there and see something unique," Wahl said.

Wahl's idea would seem to be a no-brainer: He's got the idea, the history and the funding.  All he lacks is city approval.  City officials are recommending a few design changes, and Wahl's moving forward.

Nothing will ever bring The Warehouse back.  But with a little luck, Wahl could have a memorial to what once was, in about a year.

To learn more about the effort to remember The Warehouse, you can go to Bobby Wahl's website: blackstrat.net.