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Published: 2013/10/19

NYC’s Roseland Ballroom to Close

New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close in April, according to Billboard. Opened in 1958, Roseland played host to bands like Nirvana, Phish, Madonna, Radiohead, Oysterhead, Gov’t Mule, moe., the Disco Biscuits, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, STS9, The White Stripes, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus and many more over the years thanks in part to a $1 million production rig renovation in the early ’90s. It also hosted the Jammy Awards in 2001 and 2002, both the One for Woody and Another One for Woody benefit shows and moe.‘s 2005 Tsunami benefit. The 3,500-capacity room served as an outlet for upcoming bands to play large gigs as well as established bands to play more intimate shows.

Currently scheduled on the Roseland Ballroom bill are Danzig, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Wanted, Pretty Lights, Hoodie Allen and Panic! At the Disco. As of now, those shows will proceed as planned.

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kye October 19, 2013, 13:44:31

This is sooo sad. I love this place!

Steve b October 19, 2013, 13:54:27

I really can’t believe this, WTF!?!? The rent is to damn high!! Unreal- all that’s going to be left of the city is the meat packing district and the swank ass wack clubs. Add another one to the list

dk70 October 19, 2013, 14:22:12

this sucks. more condos? That place has a pretty huge footprint. David Letterman should buy the place. Its right across the street from the Ed Sullivan theatre.

Glenn October 19, 2013, 14:40:41

One for Woody

Carter October 19, 2013, 15:03:41

damn, I remember seeing a lot of up and coming bands here. So sad to see what is happening to all of the old venues and clubs in NYC. Maybe they can turn it into a high end clothes store.

bluesky October 19, 2013, 18:07:08

Classic venue, classic vibes. Sure, Terminal 5 stole a lot of business but please don’t turn it into apartments…

Grateful Ted October 19, 2013, 20:23:07

The end of one of my fav NYC venues…
Nirvana
One for Woody
Another One for Woody
Lenny Kravitz
Red Hot Chili Peppers
311
No Doubt
Primus
Jammys
Porno for Pyros
Smashmouth
Quicksand
Black Crowes w/ Jimmy Page (x2)
George Clinton
The Cars
And many, many others…

jamesdinct October 19, 2013, 20:37:18

^ thats a lot of good memories Grateful Ted, whata bummah! As a huge venue geek and a fan in general of any intimate room this makes me sad. I have never gotten to see a gig there, maybe I can make it to a show before they close the doors, which I said about Yankee Stadium and never made it :(.

jamesdinct October 19, 2013, 20:37:31

^ thats a lot of good memories Grateful Ted, whata bummah! As a huge venue geek and a fan in general of any intimate room this makes me sad. I have never gotten to see a gig there, maybe I can make it to a show before they close the doors, which I said about Yankee Stadium and never made it :(.

me October 19, 2013, 21:22:53

@Ted… and the moe. Tsunami Benefit… the one time I made it to a show at that venue…

Jim October 19, 2013, 22:15:45

Yes, One for Woody and Another One for Woody. Jimmy Page with the Crowes was great in there too. Lots of good memories in that place including the Jammys when Derek Trucks Band was the house band.

Jim October 19, 2013, 22:18:54

When Woodys daughter sang Soulshine with the Mule at Another One for Woody, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Ron October 20, 2013, 18:31:58

Remember seeing Phish there shortly after John Popper got hurt wrecking his bike. They brought him out for the encore in a wheel chair with a sheet covering him for a big reveal. When he stood up from the chair while blowing a solo, the place went CRAZY!! Also the late Noel Redding joined in for “Fire” encore, but clearly didn’t know what he was in for and got left behind by a huge jam. RIP Noel. You too Roseland.

Sean October 21, 2013, 11:01:55

Lets not forget Tool in ’96. 2 epic nights.

BAM October 21, 2013, 12:16:07

Lets not forget some great Jerry Garcia Band shows there

Will E October 21, 2013, 15:18:00

Historic? Absolutely. But the place was a dump with crappy sound and zero ambience.

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