Posted in NYC | music | venues on August 28, 2014

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Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?

Sad Vine video below...

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and more footage of the Roseland Ballroom's final days:

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Comments (62)

No, good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 12:30 PM

Not as a music venue, but as a piece of history and art deco design, yes - shame it was never landmarked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 12:35 PM

^yes..exactly..Roseland was the only venue in NYC worse than T5

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 12:43 PM

possibly the best post in bv history. fuck that place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 12:44 PM

I saw some good shows there over the years but yeah, it was a pretty bad venue. No complaints about seeing it go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 12:52 PM

There's more where that came from

https://vine.co/u/998792664030068736

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 12:56 PM

every commenter here is obviously prepubescent and, thus, an idiot.

the sex pistols played at roseland.

can you get your heads out of your asses long enough to grasp that fact?

numbnuts all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:19 PM

"the sex pistols played at roseland."

Are you talking about the Filty Lucre tour in '96? I remember that one, but a reunion show doesn't count. Did they play it during their initial formation?

Roseland was not great, but almost no GA venues of that size are. T5 is far worse.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:23 PM

1:19, Yes, lots of great shows happened at Roseland. But that has nothing to do with the fact that the venue itself sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:26 PM

yes, because if a classic band plays a venue, that venue has to be good. your logic is so twisted i can't even wrap my head around it.

PIL played terminal 5. does that make it a good venue?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:26 PM

Wow, I remember seeing a great triple bill there in about '91: Pearl Jam (as a last minute replacement for Nirvana), Smashing Pumpkins & the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:26 PM

^ And I'm sure it was a shitty place to see a rock band back then too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:27 PM

also, you're calling us prepubescents and talking about the sex pistols? pretty much only tweens give a shit about them at this point. shit band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:28 PM

The Sex Pistols also played at a roller skating rink in DC. Therefore, that rink is an amazing venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:44 PM

agreed, saw some great shows but never loved the place. but i still prefer it over T5

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:49 PM

Roseland was way worse than T5 don't kind yourself

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:51 PM

when does radiohead play the skating rink in DC?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:52 PM

Your grandparents may have danced there way before you were born...

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:54 PM

Name me one good GA venue with a 3K capacity. Face it, not every venue can be the Bowery Ballroom with a 5x capacity.

For me:
Hammerstein > Roseland > T5

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 1:55 PM

Hammerstein is getting worse too they WAY OVER sell the GA

Sadly T5>Hammerstein>Roseland for me

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:07 PM

Not a great venue, but wish it could have been saved as a theater or something. Studio 54 sort of survived that way.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:10 PM

Saw radiohead there you cock tokers

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:17 PM

The Beatles had to be the best show that was ever played there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:19 PM

I ate hummus there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:21 PM

and you would be a retard

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:27 PM

I agree with 2:07

and no, I am not 2:07

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:30 PM

yes, a reunion tour, 1:23, but it was the ORIGINAL lineup. plus, the pistols never played nyc on their first US tour ('78).

and 1:28 - how can you type when your head's up your ass? only tweens care about the pistols? crap band?

you MUST be embarrassed. and if you're not, rockin daddy is tellin' ya you should be.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:46 PM

and sometimes it's about more than acoustics. there's something called "atmosphere."

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:48 PM

The Sex Pistols never were the best band of the punk genre, but I rather that kids listen to them and not whatever crap is on the radio nowadays. They were a great band although a tad cliche, similar to people wearing Ramones t-shirts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:50 PM

2:46 yells at clouds, always feels a draft and can't remember what time it is

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:58 PM

saw save ferris and goldfinger open for sugar ray there when i was in high school. openers were awesome. sugar ray boring. met girl, made out with girl in mens bathroom until bouncer told me "if you want to suck titties, go to a hotel."

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:38 PM

^ you just admitted that you paid to see Sugar Ray and Goldfinger (you're gay)

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:48 PM

anyone who prefers T5 over Roseland (well, over anywhere at all, really) needs to have their head examined.

T5 is an abomination. watching demo footage of that place would probably make me cry with joy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 3:53 PM

^ cool story, bro! tell us all about those glory days!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:05 PM

T5 is fine, a bit far to walk to but not abysmal. The sound is fine anywhere if you have someone who knows what they are doing running it.

I think 3:53 got ass raped in the ally by a few of those bouncers or something, such an axe to grind in every freaking thread, DAMN!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:18 PM

Saw a lot of great shows at Roseland. The sound was not a problem, unless you count the time some drunk dropped beer on the soundboard at Slayer, forcing them to cancel the rest of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:22 PM

This demolition is more exciting than when Radiohead played those shows there a couple of years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:37 PM

3:38 - you took a girl into the MEN'S bathroom? Either it wasn't a girl you were with, or you guys are foul.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 4:46 PM

Is using the #SVGH considered the same as taking a girl into the men's room?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 5:14 PM

shoulda slipped her your gold finger you bathroom stained carney

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 5:53 PM

T5 is one of my least favorite venues and has horrible sightlines but at least there are a few spots there besides the first row where a shorty like me can stand and actually see who's playing, unlike Roseland where it was the front row or else not seeing the band at all (the upstairs was usually VIP).

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 5:54 PM

1:26, at the time that wasn't a triple-bill. RHCP were the headliners. Smashing Pumpkins were up & coming, only had released Gish at that point. Pearl Jam was not a last minute replacement for anyone. They were scheduled to be there. Ten had just been released, and at that point were known to people as "Mother Love Bone with a new vocalist".

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 8:12 AM

adding to 8:12, PJ only got a 30 minute set, Pumpkins played for 45 mins. Therefore, not a "triple-bill".

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 8:13 AM

Roseland sucked.
That being said, I saw some of the greatest shows there:
Rolling Stones
Prince
RHCP w/ Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam opening
Radiohead (twice)
Foo Fighters
Beastie Boys w/ Rollins opening
Rage Against the Machine w/ Public Enemy
Slayer
Jack White w/ Alabama Shakes
Nirvana w/ Jesus Lizard
Bob Dylan w/ Sheryl Crow opening (Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young came out during the encore. Yes that happened.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 8:27 AM

Thanks for letting us know how pedestrian your music taste is, 8:27.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 8:48 AM

^My taste isn't pedestrian but is commuter esq.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 8:55 AM

"Bob Dylan w/ Sheryl Crow opening (Bruce Springsteen & Neil Young came out during the encore. Yes that happened.)"

Which one (or more) of them was banging Sheryl at the time?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 9:31 AM

Hi 8:48, 8:27 here. I wish I could have musical tastes as cool as you. Enjoy your HAIM and your Perfect Pussy. I'll enjoy my pedestrian Slayer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 10:36 AM

9:31, probably all of them, running train.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 11:12 AM

Iggy Pop staged dived right on top of me at Roseland. I'll never forget it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 11:47 AM

I met jack black and john c reilly outside radiohead. They were cool. I snuck in without tickets both nights.
I got to the mbv show in 08 early so I walked around the block to kill time and was unexpectedly treated to a live outdoor performance by tv on the radio a block north doing letterman that same night before roseland doors opened. It was weird.
Regretfully I sold my porno for pyros flaming lips tickets outside before the show and went and hung out in the village because my girlfriend at the time changed her mind and didn't want to go. I still wonder if that was a good show.
I saw white zombie circa astrocreep from VIP the only time I got up there.
I met les claypool from primus after their show there once in the 90s.
Hole. Beastie boys. Blah blah

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 2:00 PM

^Nothing in that comment was impressive or noteworthy

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 2:25 PM

I was at the porno for pyros show with flaming lips opening. The lips were awful, as I still think is the case, but PFP were amazing. It was a fucking circus with all kinds of crazy shit, midgets, strippers, clowns, etc. Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 2:37 PM

2:25- Your briefly but clearly displayed fascist tendencies belie a certain profound emptiness in your soul, and shows the true worthlessness in your life, which cannot be but obvious to the more prescient among whom you encounter on the daily. Just adding my 2 cents to the convo here, some random roseland memories. For what it's worth. Hence the blah blah at the end.

So, is that how you socialize in real life, all the time, or only online anonymously? Gosh it must totally suck to be you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2014 10:53 PM

When all you got is a hammer everything looks like a nail

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 1:11 AM

and you're living, at the bittersweet motel

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 1:43 AM

I sucked a dick of some trust fund baby who got radiohead tickets here.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 7:49 AM

^ oh that was you? never said thanks for that

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 9:33 AM

why is every one here so dick headish?

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 12:34 PM

radiohead, jack white, and a lot of promotional concerts (like that vh1 show where lorde and haim played together).

better than hammerstein and t5.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 1:04 PM

Back in those halcyon days of yore, when Rockin' Daddy and D were tadpoles and people use to dance to crooners, yes then Roseland would have been the tits to have a night to remember with your dame. In our modern era, however, not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2014 1:56 PM

Dinosaur Jr -- WIthout A Sound tour. fcking great

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2014 10:49 AM

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