Legendary music chain Tower Records is set to relaunch as an online store – 14 years after it disappeared off the high street.
At its peak the chain – famous for its iconic iconic red and yellow sign – had over 200 stores across the globe, including a huge shop on Argyle Street next to the Hielanman’s Umbrella.
The store, which closed back in 2002, is fondly remembered by the fans not just for its famous impromptu Bon Jovi concert in June 1995, which saw the city centre grind to a halt as more than 5,000 fans filled Argyle Street to catch the rock band in action.
The new Tower Records has plenty of music on sale already, including vinyl, cassettes, and CDs. They also have a merchandise section, online events, and a digitized version of their original Tower Pulse! magazine. Browse their virtual shelves at the official Tower Records website.
This new version of Tower Records was originally scheduled to be revealed at the 2020 edition of South by Southwest, but they decided to hold off when the coronavirus pandemic caused the event to be canceled. Reportedly, they hoped to have the announcement coincide with Tower Records pop-up shops, an idea that’s also been put on hold due to COVID-19 but hopefully will be rolled out when life goes back to normal.
Two years ago, the founder of Tower Records, Russ Solomon, passed away at the age of 92. The company’s new CEO, Danny Zeijdel, has since taken his place and believes Solomon would be thrilled to see the store resurfacing online.
“[The news] has been met with tremendous success, feedback,” said Zeijdel in a statement. “A lot of people are so happy taking pictures of when they receive an order from Tower Records, posting it on Instagram.”