Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Roseland Ballroom makes closure official



On Saturday, we posted the scoop from Billboard about the Roseland Ballroom's closure... at the time of Billboard's report, there hadn't been any announcement from Roseland's ownership.

They made the it formal today with the following release received via the EVG inbox...

NYC’S ROSELAND BALLROOM SCHEDULES CLOSING IN 2014

Today, Roseland Ballroom announced that it will cease operations in April 2014. Roseland Development Associates, LLC, owners of Roseland, issued the following statement in response to media reports about the venue’s closure next year:

“The owners of 239 West 52nd Street have operated the Roseland Ballroom for over three decades. Managing Roseland has been a labor of love, which is why we have deferred major changes for all these years. Plans to redevelop the property are now underway and will be made public when they are finalized. Roseland will cease operations at the end of April 2014.”

Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, which has had an exclusive music booking agreement with Roseland Ballroom since 1990, issued the following statement:

“We enjoyed being a part of the history of the Roseland Ballroom and we will continue to celebrate its rich history with an unparalleled closing run of shows. One of the best things about New York is how our city continues to reinvent itself and we look forward to sharing our tremendous plans for live entertainment in the city for 2014 and beyond.”

The space was a sentimental favorite for me... and I agree with an anonymous commenter's thoughts on the Roseland:

Lets face it, the audio was awful and the air conditioning was worthless.

But you could get up close if you felt like it and the mosh pits were great.

One of my favorite places to see a show and I will miss it.

Image via Frankie Gale Photo Gallery

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Saw the Cramps at Roseland when I was in High School -- still one of my favorite shows ever. Will miss this place.

chris flash said...

Can't this place be landmarked BEFORE they fuck it up????

I was in there recently -- it is a beautiful time capsule, one of the few unchanged venues from MY old New York,.,..

Anonymous said...

I saw a lot of great shows, My favorite will always be Social Distortion.

Anonymous said...

Saw Bowie there. Even saw the Rolling Stones there. Around 2000--2001 (?)

Anonymous said...

Yes. The place is very nice but the sound was not! Just saw Blondie and X a couple of weeks ago and literally did not stay for the whole show as the sound was horrendously bad!

Rik Little said...

I saw Bob Dylan there with opening act Cheryl Crow. On the Enchore Bob had Neil Young and Bruce Springstein playing guitar on either side.

Anonymous said...

Well I won't miss Live Nations stupid fee's and over priced tickets

~evilsugar25 said...

Metallica, 1998. All covers to launch "Garage Inc."

Gojira said...

Type O Negative several times, including one Halloween where they performed in rubber masks for the whole show so we never got to see their faces. RIP, Pete, you are missed.

scott bleck said...

I've no issues with the venue itself and had a great time the handful of shows I went there, but what was the point of keeping this place going the last few years when they were barely putting on 3-4 shows a month?

Sinestra said...

Love those old venues- The little details like the old powder rooms were so cool. I can't believe how culturally bankrupt we are now we cannot sustain live music/ dance club venues in friggin NYC of all places