Chain Reaction

1652 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
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Remember when you were 17 and all you wanted to do was to be able to see your favorite band that never played any all-ages venue? EVER? Well the Chain Reaction solves all that. This is like the introductory venue for every band that passes through Orange County--everyone's played the Chain at some point in their careers. It's a small, slightly dingy venue located in a sketchy Anaheim shopping center surrounded by car dealerships. The floors are sticky, the stage is small, dusty T-shirts of bands that have played the venue grace the walls and any space that's free is covered in bumper stickers. But since when was rock and roll ever clean? This place is a no-fuss, straight to the point venue where covers are cheap and indie bands are frequent. Everyone wins.

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