NYC's Roseland Ballroom Closes Its Doors

In 1919 a venue opened in NYC's midtown Manhattan called the Roseland Ballroom that quickly became a mecca for ballroom dancing. Often referred to as the "world's greatest ballroom," the Roseland's stage was visited by a who's who of both dance and jazz legends over the next few decades before its owners moved the venue one block north in the '50s to its current location on West 52nd Street. At the new location Roseland continued as a dance hall for many years before it opened its doors to rock acts. The ballroom has seen acts such as Phish, Gov't Mule, Nirvana, Metallica, Guns N' Roses and Oysterhead play its stage over the last 25 years. On Monday night the venue hosted its last concert as Lady Gaga brought a seven-show run to a close.

Roseland wasn't the best place to watch live music in NYC. If the show was sold out, attendees would be packed into the venue with little space to move let alone dance. Yet it hosted so many wonderful concerts over the years, it was hard to avoid. Plus, there were little tricks, like trying to obtain tickets for the usually uncrowded balcony, that made Roseland much more bearable. Like many things in life, NYC music fans won't know what they had until it's gone.

We want to share a handful of videos from memorable concerts at Roseland:

[One For Woody - 9/21/2000]

[Nirvana - 7/23/1993]

[Radiohead - 9/29/2011]

[Phish - 5/23/2000]

[Blues Traveler - 4/12/1991]

[Flaming Lips - 10/29/92]

[Rage Against The Machine - 8/17/96]

[Metallica - 11/24/98]

[Phil Lesh Quintet - 4/30/2001]

 

[Published on: 4/8/14]

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