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While on the subject of venues, might as well catch up and post this...

Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena, is going dark for the summer -- and top acts like Sade, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift are having to perform on the outskirts of the Big Apple as the renowned venue prepares for a long-term makeover.

MSG will spend the next three summers reconstructing its arena. That's good news for New Jersey venues like the Prudential Center and IZOD Center, which are experiencing an increase in high-profile performers as a result. Even Long Island's Nassau Coliseum is getting a small boost.

"MSG is the busiest arena and has been the busiest arena that I've seen in the States ... and anytime you take out that supply, especially if you have an increase in demand, it's going benefit the Prudential Center, and certainly we expect that to be the case," said Jeff Vanderbeek, who owns the Prudential Center in Newark.

It's a busy summer for top musical acts: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are on the road together, the cast of "American Idol" and "Glee" are performing live and hitmakers like Katy Perry and Rihanna -- accompanied by Cee Lo Green -- have tours. [AP]

Joe's Pub is also currently closed for renovations, as is Sidewalk Cafe. That Rihanna Cee Lo show is at Nassau Coliseum tonight (7/19) and the Izod Center Thursday.

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Comments (42)

Fuck James Vanderbeek

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 12:52 PM

cant wait for the LCD reunion in 3 yrs!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:05 PM

Prince at MSG was really spectacular this past winter.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:12 PM

Was there ever any discovery into why the LCD show sold out instantly? Still seems so bizarre...

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:23 PM

why are they re-doing the Garden? What was wrong with it?

It seemed fine to me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:25 PM

Does Cee-lo get to penetrate Rihanna?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:30 PM

"why are they re-doing the Garden? What was wrong with it?
It seemed fine to me."

Everything in there was antiquated and needed to up updated. Everything from the HVAC system, electrical system, handicapped accommodations, cosmetic damage and wear, and just plain old aesthetic upgrades (ramps, kiosks, bathrooms, lobby, etc...)

It just needed a face lift, some design elements upgraded to something more contemporary, and systems upgrades. Big project!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:30 PM

lcd soundsystem the heart and soul tour??

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:39 PM

anco MSG 2012 ?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:40 PM

You know what was better than LCD @ MSG that you kids forget about?

1) Bjork @ MSG
2) Arcade Fire @ MSG
3) Radiohead @ MSG
4) Neil Young/Wilco @ MSG

so many more.....

LCD was not that special. They just played for a long time....

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:41 PM

i was there! all great shows!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:46 PM

1:30 pm:

That's all bullshit. The real reason they are re-doing it is to create more luxury boxes which will generate more income. I guarantee you when the 'facelift' is finished those bathrooms will look exactly the same.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:59 PM

Actually, Cee-Lo left the Rihanna tour a while ago... not that that's of primary concern to BV readers. But just sayin'.

Posted by M | July 19, 2011 2:01 PM

True that. Its all about making more money.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:01 PM

Damn. Best sounding venue in New York City...

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:04 PM

Where's your proof 1:59?

So what if upgrading the luxury boxes is part of the reno? What does it matter to you? Not like you'd ever want to sit in them

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:04 PM

Also most of the luxury boxes are owned outright and not an actual commodity.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:06 PM

Timofey Mozgov was special.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:08 PM

1:23, it was suspected that someone behind the scenes (most likely the promoter, or possibly the artist camp, or the venue) did what they usually do with tickets for big concerts... they held back a large chunk of seats from public sale, and sold them to ticket brokers. It's common practice in the industry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:29 PM

FYI Sidewalk is reopening in two weeks give or take.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:31 PM

@1:23 and @2:29... often times this ticketing bullshit is in the artist's rider.

For example: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/katy-perry-rider?page=5

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:35 PM

2:04:

My proof is in Yankee Stadium and Citi Field where they destroyed two entire stadiums, only to rebuild them with many more luxury boxes and pretty much everything else wasn't much different... the bathrooms on the regular levels are the same cinder block crappers that are in every stadium that's 40 years old. Pretty much everything else about the experience for the common fan is the same. Completely unnecessary waste of taxpayers money to tear down and rebuild those two stadiums. It only benefitted the rich. It didn't change a thing for the average fan.

If my tax money is going to rebuild stadiums and arenas where the only change is for the benefit of those who can afford the luxury suites, then that's why it "matters' to me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:39 PM

MSG is going to suck when the reno is done

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:40 PM

who do you think is going to pay for the renovation? Ticket prices will be drastically higher for anything there once it re-opens.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:41 PM

I hope as part of the renovations, that they fix the digital clock outside which is always wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:42 PM

I for one hope they jack up the prices. If you are one of the simps who runs to MSG to see shows and think they "sound" great there then you deserve to have as much money taken from you as possible. Actually you deserve to be hung from the rafters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:55 PM

best show ever

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:23 PM

2:39 - Have you ever actually been to a baseball game? Citi Field is remarkably better and more fan friendly than Shea, which was a cavernous dump. I don't know if they added more boxes or not, but I've only been to games in the cheap seats (at both new stadiums) and they're both better fan experiences by far.

I'm sorry if the bathrooms aren't aesthetically pleasing to you, but what do you expect out of a bathroom that's built to serve thousands of people in a short time? And you can't see improvements in plumbing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:28 PM

Rip it down and return Penn Station!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:58 PM

Seen a gazillion shows at MSG. It's too big, the sound is ATROCIOUS and it's been corporate since before most of you were born.

Hey, here's an idea ... why don't we get a bunch of your >$130/y douchebags together and build an enclosed arena in Gowanas that can accommodate the spillover?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 3:59 PM

Why is everyone hating on corporate? Those dudes run our economy. If you like small business so much, move to Canada. God knows it's so much better there.

I'm all for making MSG a nicer corporate environment. I know when I'm on top, looking down at all you loser, I want a nice box experience!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:16 PM

4:16, yeah, enjoy those Knicks games. let's see if they can keep the streak alive and break 500 again this year too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:20 PM

>Why is everyone hating on corporate? Those dudes run our economy.

And they're doing such a phenomenal job at it, too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 4:23 PM

Sorry, but 2:39 is right. All fans need is a seat to sit in. As long as there aren't bricks falling on your head (hi Seattle), there is no fucking need to spend millions of TAX PAYER dollars to redo a stadium. Improvements are almost always about luxury boxes.

Besides, isn't MSG either out or a complete redo when Penn Station moves to the post office anyway? My memory is hazy on those details.

Posted by Cuse | July 19, 2011 5:11 PM

That Morrissey concert on the other hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUWMCIaiJ2I

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 5:45 PM

Nobody but the 12 people that play in every antifolk band (& the same 12 people that go to every antifolk show) gives a shit that the Sidewalk Cafe is closed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 6:09 PM


3:28, Shea may not have been a gorgeous masterwork by any stretch, but one could easily hit those ramps between innings and burn a jay w/o being hassled.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 6:33 PM

3 summers to renovate... gotta love union labor.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 6:34 PM

Sidewalk Cafe had the worst food ever. This was as true the 100th time I ate there as it was the first. You might wonder why someone who go somewhere they hate that many times, well the answer is that I'm a moron when I'm intoxicated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 6:51 PM

they should work until they're so fatigued they all fall over the railings. then open the gates for the next batch. there's too much at stake here to dilly dally.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 7:29 PM

time for Pearl jam to play Prudential!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 8:21 PM

To the dude that called 'bullshit' to the fact of the matter which is the much needed facelift, you're being ridiculously skeptical and angry for no good reason. As someone that's been to the old and new Yankee Stadium, the old was great in the fan-friendly sense of the word, but the stadium was fucking decrepit, exceptional history and all. The new stadium is 100% greater. MSG's halls and lobby, etc will be up to date and clean as fuck. The halls remind me of the old hallways at the old Yankee Stadium. Shit had a cinder-block factory feel to it. To hell with that, it's time for a modern makeover.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:42 AM

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