Our spies tell us that New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors this April, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a favorite for many bands and fans. (I just saw a double bill of the B-52s and the Go-Gos there this summer!) The space evolved from ballroom dancing in the ‘20s to popular music and for decades it’s been a “must-play” New York gig for a wide range of bands. It’ll truly be missed. Next will come the news of what happens to that great space. My bet is a developer demos it to build another gigantic office building – just what we need in New York City – of course with the ubiquitous Walgreens, Starbucks and Bank of America on the ground floor.
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