Entries tagged with: RIP
Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn't confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." - [EW]While he was known of late for more family fare, Robin Williams was an anarchic comedian in the '70s and early '80s, whose influence shouldn't be underestimated. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Robin. Nanu nanu.
President Obama issued a statement:
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.
Robin's most recently released movie, which co-starred Peter Dinklage, is called "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."
If you're dealing with suicidal thoughts, you don't have to suffer alone. People want to help you. Please reach out to someone. Wikipedia has a list of crisis hotlines around the world.
A few clips, including his classic 1982 HBO special "An Evening With Robin Williams," below...
Johnny Ray Allen is all the way to the right
Friday night and Saturday morning (Aug. 8 and 9), friends of Johnny Ray Allen filled social media with memories of the bass player, who passed away in New Orleans early Friday, at age 56. Allen was the original bassist for the soulful Americana rock group the Subdudes, writing or co-writing most of the band's songs between the early 1980s and its dissolution in 1996.Rest in Peace subdude.
The three other founding subdudes - singer and guitarist Tommy Malone, drummer Steve Amedee, and keyboard and accordion player John Magnie had re-formed the band in 2002 with longtime road manager Tim Cook on bass, and an added guitarist, Jimmy Messa, who had played with Magnie, Malone and Allen in a version of the Continental Drifters. In early 2014, it was announced that Allen would reunite with Malone and Amedee, whom he had first met as classmates at Edgard High School in Edgard, La., plus Magnie, for a run of original-lineup subdudes gigs. [NOLA]
Johnny Winter at BB King's in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Texas blues rock guitarist/singer Johnny Winter passed away yesterday (7/16) in a hotel in Switzerland. He was 70 years old. A press release states, "his wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists," and mentions that an official statement will be issued at some point.
Johnny, the older brother of another successful blues rock musician Edgar Winter, has released several albums throughout his career, beginning with 1968's The Progressive Blues Experiment through 2011's Roots. He's worked with Muddy Waters, performed at the original Woodstock, and has been called one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. His many contributions to blues and blues rock won't be forgotten. Rest in peace, Johnny.
Watch a few videos below...
Tommy Ramone (in Uncle Monk) @ Merc in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
New York Rocker Magazine publisher Andy Schwartz posted the sad news to Facebook tonight:
It is with sadness and regret that I report the passing of TOM ERDELYI a/k/a TOMMY RAMONE who died at 12:15 p.m. today (7.11.2014) at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65 and had been in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct.UPDATE: The Ramones have confirmed the sad news as well.
Andy followed that with a great obituary which you can read in full below along with a video of Tommy performing at the Cutting Room in 2012. Rest in Peace Tommy!
Bobby Womack @ The Apple Store in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Though diagnozed with early Alzheimer's in the beginning of 2013, legendary soul singer Bobby Womack was far from inactive. We just caught him at the beginning of this year at City Winery and he's on the lineup of this year's Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot Festival. He just played a 12 song set at Bonnaroo.
Rolling Stone reports the sad news:
Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was currently unknown.Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, three years before his Damon Albarn-produced The Bravest Man in the Universe was released by XL.
Rest in Peace Bobby!
Gerry Goffin's name was not as universally known as that of his former wife and songwriting collaborator, Carole King. But the lyrics that Goffin wrote -- for such early-rock era classics as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Up On the Roof -- have remained in the pop canon for decades.Brill Building resident and co-writer (with Carol King) of some of the most well-loved songs of the early-'60s, Gerry Goffin you will be missed, but you words live on.
Goffin -- whose death Thursday at 75 was confirmed by his current wife, Michelle -- met and married King, a budding composer, while both were teenagers. Eventually, they would write more than 50 top 40 hits, among them Little Eva's The Loco-Motion, The Drifters' Some Kind of Wonderful, the Everly Brothers' Crying In the Rain and The Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday. - [USA Today]
Some of Goffin's most famous songs below...
Jimmy and friends (as previously posted)
Just heard the sad, sad news that legend Jimmy Scott has passed away, but at 88 years the influential singer with the special, special voice lived a long life and will be remembered forever. Reuters reports:
Jimmy Scott, a jazz singer whose soulful, androgynous voice won him the admiration of the likes of Ray Charles and Lou Reed before he found a wider audience later in life, has died at age 88, his wife said on Saturday.Rest in Peace, Jimmy, and say hi to Lou!
Scott died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas on Thursday as a result of cardiac arrest following a period of illness, his wife, Jeannie Scott, said in a telephone interview.
Scott became known as a "singer's singer" who was revered by music figures such as Reed, Quincy Jones and Madonna for rendering standards from the American songbook in his distinctive high register.
His unusual voice was a result of being born with a rare genetic condition called Kallmann syndrome, which meant he never passed through puberty.
Some videos, including the trailer for a documentary on him, below...
One of the most recognizable voices in America is now silent. Radio personality and actor Casey Kasem died today (6/15) at age 82. Born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit he created American Top 40 in 1970 and he counted down the hits on some form of the program till his retirement in 2009. In addition to his radio work, Casem did a lot of work in animation: he was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Robin on Batman/Super Friends, plus parts on Battle of the Planets (G-Force), and the '80s Transformers series. He acted as well, mostly in the '70s -- you may see him pop up in episodes of Hawaii 5-0, Quincy, Charlie's Angels and other programs.
His catchphrase was "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." We'll miss you, Casey. RIP. Some clips below...
(photo via @furoche's instagram)
Brooklyn DJ Furoche (real name: Xochil Zack Fortune) died yesterday after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike at Hart and Broadway in Bushwick Brooklyn. Blog Do Androids Dance offers up this Euology:
Furoche was an incredible producer, engineer, and DJ He had his hands in screen printing, cinematography, and a million other ventures. The stories that he's left behind are legendary, he was one of the most caring and kind souls that music has ever connected me to, and we lost a great artist and a staple in the New York party scene way too early. Ma-Less has had him at her Shake 'n Bass party in Orlando numerous times. He was a personal friend, and we were planning on moving to LA together. This loss is painful, and it's personal.Furoche was scheduled to perform with Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafia in Denver this weekend. A memorial fund has been created to raise money for Fortune's funeral expenses if you'd like to donate. RIP, Furoche. You can listen to one of his recent mixes and a track he made with Gangsta Boo below...
Sad news from the world of comedy. The BBC is reporting that Rik Mayall has died at age 56. He's probably best-known in America for playing Rick, the pompous, would-be anarchist and "people's poet" on The Young Ones, the "punk" sitcom that aired in The US on MTV during the network's early years. He also starred in 1991's Drop Dead Fred with Phoebe Cates, and numerous other British sitcoms. Rik, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.
Check out some Young Ones clips below...
by Ian Chainey
Bernard "Doc" Neeson of the Australian rock group The Angels has died following a 17 month long battle with a brain tumor. He was 67.
The Angels -- known as Angel City in America -- never quite crossed over to the worldwide market, but built a large Australian fanbase thanks to their energetic, rootsy rock that balanced a harder edge with earworm melodies. After a successful stint supporting AC/DC in the mid '70s, the band found Australian chart success with 1976's "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" The song would become something of an anthem for the group, due in large part to the accompanying audience participation. The call of "Am I ever gonna see your face again?" prompted the crowd response of "No way! Get fucked! Fuck off!" But they were more than just a gimmick. Over a series of successful albums, the group displayed a wit and dexterity that moved them past other rockers of the pub variety.
The Belfast transplant Doc Neeson began as the band's bassist and eventually moved to full-time singer duties. He was known for his energetic live performances and his canny reads of catchy hooks. His voice had elasticity, able to nail both a croon and a razor-throat wail.
While American success escaped the Angels, they still made some waves in the US music scene. Guns n' Roses were known to cover "Marseilles" in concert and Great White took a stab at "Face the Day."
RIP, Doc. You can stream some representative singles from the Angels -- including a particularly spirited version of "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" -- below...
The chemical scientist who reinvented the popular party drug ecstasy has died at the age of 88 from liver cancer.RIP Alexander.
Alexander Shulgin earned his nickname, the Godfather of ecstasy, after honing a way to make the drug - and testing it out on himself to check it had worked.
A Facebook post by his wife and research partner, Ann, said he died "surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music".
He lived out his final years at his home in Northern California.
...During the swinging '60s, he says he made and tested hundreds of concoctions.
In 1965, he parted company with Dow, but continued his studies and began teaching classes at local universities.
Nearly a decade later, he came across a compound closely related to what we now call ecstasy or MDMA.
MDMA had been previously synthesised and patented in 1912 by the pharmaceutical company Merck, but was never fully explored within humans. [BBC]
I tried to copy Maya's fluid voice early on but failed miserably. But because of her I found my own... RIP Maya Angelou and thank u - @QtipTheAbstract
And we have lost our wisest woman - the maker of the most beautiful words. I couldn't love you more Dr. Maya. Thank you. Fly free. - Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson)
Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv! - @Nas
"I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou" - @Common
"i was very fortunate to meet and have dinner with maya angelou some years back in nyc. what a remarkable woman we've lost." ― @Moby
Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" -- which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South -- was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach a wide general readership, died on Wednesday in her home. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, N.C.We lost one of America's most distintive voices today. Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. Your words live on.
Her death was confirmed by her longtime literary agent, Helen Brann. No immediate cause had been determined, but Ms. Brann said Ms. Angelou had been in frail health for some time and had had heart problems.
As well known as she was for her memoirs, which eventually filled six volumes, Ms. Angelou very likely received her widest exposure on a chilly January day in 1993, when she delivered the inaugural poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," at the swearing-in of Bill Clinton, the nation's 42nd president, who, like Ms. Angelou, had grown up poor in rural Arkansas. - [NY Times]
Watch her read "On the Pulse of Morning" at Clinton's inauguration and read President Obama's tribute to her, below...
by Bill Pearis
As we learned last night at a meeting for all their radio hosts (our metal blog Invisible Oranges has a show on the station), East Village Radio will be shutting down after 11 years of online programming. The online station signs off for good on Friday, May 23. EV Grieve broke the news publicly this morning. They write:
Popularity hasn't been an issue with East Village Radio, who counted more than 1 million listeners worldwide a month (this after starting as a short-lived 10-watt FM radio station in April 2003). However, under the Congressional Digital Music Copyright Act of 1998, Internet broadcasters must pay a digital performance royalty for every listener.I guest hosted more than a few times for DJ Pledge's show and there was something special about having the booth on right there on 1st Ave, having passers-by peering into the tiny room. Invisible Oranges' final show on EVR will be Tuesday, May 20 from 10 PM - Midnight (you can listen to archives now).
"We pay a higher rate for royalties and licensing than Pandora pays. We live in a world where these behemouth music-streaming services keep going in for more capital," said Peter Ferraro, the general manager/head of programming at East Village Radio. "It's almost like we are being penalized for our growth.
"It's very difficult for an independent medium music company to survive in a world where Apple is paying $3.2 billion for Beats by Dre."
East Village Radio is/was founded and owned by restaurant owner Frank Prisinzano (Frank, Lil Frankie's, Supper & Sauce). Frank himself held the meeting where we found out last night, at Lil Frankie's right before our 2nd to last Invisible Oranges show.
East Village Radio, you'll be missed.
by Ian Chainey
H.R. Giger on the set of 'Alien'
Acclaimed artist and designer H.R. Giger has died. The 74 year old Swiss surrealist succumbed to injuries suffered in a fall at his home.
Born in 1940, Giger rose to art world prominence in the later '60s, early '70s, creating terrifying and thought-provoking paintings and sculptures that sought to unify the logic -- or lack there of -- of Giger's night terrors with the precise, hyper-realistic lines befitting his architectural background. His work often focused on an intermingling of machinery and humanity, exploring a duality present in modern existence. It was phallic and fetishistic, yet not exactly sexualized, playing off of taboos and asking viewers to confront perceived contradictions. Soon, the entertainment world would come calling, leading towards a number of high profile projects, including album art design, movie art direction, interior design, and various commercial commissions; an incredible feat for an artist whose work was often considered shocking and grotesque.
From Emerson, Lake & Palmer, to his design work on Alien, to the Dead Kennedys' Frankenchrist insert which launched an obscenity trial, and much more, everyone had an experience or a reaction to Giger's work. As a testament to his ubiquity, Giger's aesthetic is now so familiar, his name can easily be invoked as a descriptor or other artists' work. Fortunately, his success occurred within his lifetime. He'll be missed.
A selection of H.R. Giger's work, his familiar music commissions, and a NSFW documentary, Revealed, appears below.
"RIP Jiwon Lee" - Liza Dye
"Sad to hear about Jiwon Lee. I hadn't seen her since high school, but her voice and mannerisms still stand out in my memory. RIP." - Nick Hurwitch
"Hard part about losing Jiwon is knowing she would have been there for anyone struggling. #jiwonlee" - Diana Saez
"Truly sorry to hear about Jiwon Lee. My heart is with her friends and family. Suicide truly sucks. Lost my cousin a month ago & it's tough." - Emily Cohen
"Thanks all for sharing info about #JiwonLee They found her. My thoughts are with her family. A stunner and a star. " - Abbi Crutchfield
Comedian and dental student Jiwon Lee went missing at the beginning of April. Rumors started to circulate that she may have commited suicide. Today a body matching Jiwon's description was pulled out of the Hudson. Those close to Jiwon are telling us that it was in fact Jiwon. Tragic news. Rest in Peace Jiwon.
Services are planned for this weekend. More details to follow.
UPDATE: The family has released the following statement via the GoFundMe page they had running:
Dear Friends,The NY Post notes: "Her cellphone was tracked to the George Washington Bridge, prompting speculation she had jumped."
Thank you for your continued prayers, donations, and support. Unfortunately, Jiwon, beloved daughter, sister, and friend has gone on to a better place. Our family thanks you at this time for respecting our privacy. We are currently planning a memorial service to honor Jiwon and will post further details as soon as possible.
by Ian Chainey
Joe Young (left) with Antiseen
Antiseen guitarist Joe Young has died. He was 54.
Started in 1983, Charlotte's Antiseen always wanted to stand apart from, and piss off, the reigning punk pack, going so far as to mention it right in the band name: 'anti-scene.' The group favored simple, power-chord assaults in the vein of The Stooges. Their music was aggressive, their lyrics controversially antagonistic, and their live show was confrontational, drawing their share of praise from peers owning a similar mindset. One in particular was GG Allin, who the band collaborated with on Allin's 1991 release Murder Junkies. They would also later collaborate with Hank Williams III. But, Antiseen weren't mere hired guns. They released records frequently, racking up a total currently standing at 84 according to Discogs.
Away from the outfit, Joe Young released an EP, Bury the Needle, in 1988. He was also politically active, running for city counsel and state house as a libertarian.
To get a feel for Antiseen and Young's contributions, you can watch the 'destructo' finale from their 20th anniversary show in 2003 and listen to the 1996 LP version of the song they released through Sub Pop's Singles Club in 1992, below...
The comedy world just lost a big one: former Mad Magazine editor Al Feldtein, who died Tuesday (4/29) at his ranch in Paradise Valley, CA. He was 88. From the NY Times obit:
Mr. Feldstein had been a writer and illustrator of comic books when he became editor of Mad four years into its life and just a year after it had graduated from comic-book form to a full-fledged magazine.Al Feldstein taught many of us the delights of snappy answers to stupid questions (among other things), even if our parents hated that we "wasted" our money on Mad. Rest in peace, Al.
The founding editor, Harvey Kurtzman, established its well-informed irreverence, but Mr. Feldstein gave Mad its identity as a smart-alecky, sniggering and indisputably clever spitball-shooter of a publication with a scattershot look, dominated by gifted cartoonists of wildly differing styles.
Sources disagree about Mad's circulation when Mr. Feldstein took over; estimates range from 325,000 to 750,000. But by the early 1960s, he increased it to over a million, and a decade later it had doubled.
He hired many of the writers and artists whose work became Mad trademarks. Among them were Don Martin, whose cartoons featuring bizarre human figures and distinctive sound effects -- Katoong! Sklortch! Zazik! -- immortalized the eccentric and the screwy; Antonio Prohias, whose "Spy vs. Spy" was a sendup of the international politics of the Cold War; Dave Berg, whose "The Lighter Side of ..." made gentle, arch fun of middlebrow behavior; and Mort Drucker, whose caricatures satirized movies like Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" ("Henna and Her Sickos" in Mad's retelling).
Rodney Bryce, aka DJ E-Z Rock, whose 1988 single with Rob Base, "It Takes Two," was a massive hit and has been sampled countless times, has passed away at age 46. Cause of death not yet revealed. Rob Base confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, who write:
Questlove included ["It Takes Two"] on his Top 50 Hip Hop Songs of All Time for Rolling Stone, singling out James Brown drummer John "Jabo" Starks' work for the Brown-produced "Think." "Jabo's sparse, all-on-the-one funk was more at home with conservative soul lovers, which is why it makes total sense that... Jabo was the anchor of the New Jack Swing movement," wrote the Roots drummer. "Jabo's go-to magnum opus was on the five-break-filled JB-produced 'Think (About It)' by Lyn Collins. James' holy ghost yelp almost threatens to upstage Starks' show, but it's Starks' steady glide that gave R&B music its blueprint some 15 years after its release."Rest in peace, Rodney.
The duo released two other singles from their debut album --"Joy and Pain" and "Get on the Dance Floor"--but "It Takes Two" would be the standout single off the group's debut album of the same name. The album was certified platinum in 1989 and reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for a hip-hop album at the time.
Bryce would not appear on Rob Base's 1989 follow-up The Incredible Base, but reunited with the rapper for 1994's Break of Dawn.
Watch the video for "It Takes Two" below...
DJ Rashad @ Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
After hours of rumors circulating on Twitter, the Chicago Tribune confirms what we didn't want to hear...
Chicago footwork and juke pioneer, DJ Rashad Harden, 35, died Saturday afternoon, according to police.Rest in peace Rashad!
Chicago police are conducting an investigation after a friend found Harden's body in an apartment on the 2100 block of West 21st Street, said Hector Alfaro, a news affairs officer at the Chicago Police Department.
Detroit's DJ Godfather initially tweeted the news. Godfather was scheduled to perform with DJ Rashad tonight.
Police said that Harden died of a suspected drug overdose. Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found near his body, they said. The Cook County medical examiner's office said he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:50 p.m. An autopsy is slated for Sunday, according to the office.
Big Glo (via Chief Keef's Instagram)
Chicago rapper Big Glo (real name Mario Hess, formerly Blood Money) was shot and killed in his hometown of Englewood overnight, Chicago Tribune reports. He was 33.
The rapper was Chief Keef's second cousin, a member of Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment, and recently appeared on his song "Fuck Rehab." He had also just recently signed his first major label deal with Interscope. From the Chicago Tribune article:
Glo's manager said he was trying to get the 33-year-old musician out of Englewood and the city. "It's a lot of crime and violence in Chicago, these rap guys are being targeted, so you know, just trying to get him outside the neighborhood. He's from the streets," Renaldo Reuben Hess said early Thursday morning.This follows recent news that Chief Keef was questioned by police about a shooting at his manager's house, and he's been associated with gun violence in Chicago before.
"He was basically trying to just get his rap career together because that's a good opportunity," he said. "They gave him some money up front. It was a good chance for him to get himself out the hood."
Police said two shooters opened fire just south of 56th Street on Elizabeth Avenue around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, leaving more than two-dozen shell casings in the street.
Hess was shot as many as 10 times and pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. A 28-year-old man was wounded and taken to Stroger by a family member, Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. He was in serious condition.
Rest in peace, Big Glo. Watch the "Fuck Rehab" video below...
Warrior (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014), born James Brian Hellwig, was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior, or Warrior. He was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996, and in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998.WWE CEO Triple H is reporting the sad news: "Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters".
He won the WWF Championship when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania VI. Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. Warrior retired from professional wrestling in 1999 and embarked on a public speaking career. On June 25, 2008, he returned to wrestle Orlando Jordan in Barcelona, Spain defeating him in a match booked by the Italian Nu-Wrestling Evolution promotion. Warrior was described by WWE as having been "the ultimate archetype of strength and intensity", and "one of the most intense and physically impressive competitors to ever appear in the WWE".[Wikipedia]
Rest in Peace Warrior.
Footage of the man on TV Monday night and more, below...
by Bill Pearis
confetti rains at Lada Gaga's Roseland farewell, 4/7/2014 (photo by @talithaanne)
Roseland this morning (photo via @sayitaintsosis)
Roseland opened in New York in 1919 and hosted icons like Count Basie in the Thirties. It relocated to its 52nd Street home (a former skating rink called Gay Blades) in the late Fifties, where a display inside touted the number of couples who'd met there and married. In the Seventies and Eighties, the spot was a disco haven; in the Nineties its 3,500-capacity crowds moshed to Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Its next occupants will be a 59-story apartment building, according to the New Yorker.Lada Gaga's seven-show run at Roseland came to a close last night (4/7) and with it the end of one of New York City's most famous clubs which had been in its present location since 1958.
As a Manhattan native, chances are Gaga has many connections to the club, but she didn't regale the crowd with any personal stories about transformative nights on Roseland's famously springy dance floor (she earlier told a reporter about a Franz Ferdinand show there during her senior year of high school where she broke her nose in the pit). Instead, she stuck to her usual self-empowerment lectures ("Do you love you? Then scream!") and spent an outsized amount of time bidding farewell to the female dancer who slithered across the stage with her for Artpop's squelchy bisexual romp "Sexx Dreams." - [Rolling Stone]
Roseland was also home to the annual, over-the-top gay dancefest The Black Party and The Village Voice has a cover story on it, the venue and the changing face (and location) of club culture in NYC:
Pevner scouted other venues, but the Black Party not only needs a dance floor large enough to accommodate thousands of people, but also an entire weekend to install its own soundsystem and light rigs. The Saint at Large, which has held the party at Roseland for a quarter century, had a two-year option extending through 2015. "I told my lawyer to write a letter to address that we employ a staff full-time to work on this," Pevner says, "and if you're going to renege, here's the settlement." Pevner insisted that Ginsberg keep the club open at least through the third weekend in March, the one nearest the vernal equinox, which the party celebrates. According to Pevner, "They didn't want to end with the Black Party." So Ginsberg ended up with a win-win: Gaga gets reams of publicity and the club goes out in a blaze of glory.I saw a lot of shows at Roseland, though mostly in the '90s -- Blur, and Oasis come to mind and I got to go to the Rolling Stones show there in 2002. My last visit there was for Big Audio Dynamite in 2011. I was never crazy about seeing shows there, but I always dug the classic vibe. What shows did you see there?
Still, serious dance enthusiasts will always remember the club more for its unobstructed quarter-acre dance floor than as a midsize concert venue. Everything about Roseland was outsize, right down to its 14 coat-check windows.
More than anything, Roseland's closing marks the most painful sign to date that New York City's big rooms have become an endangered species. That a luxury residential space will likely replace it confirms the main culprit: an insatiable appetite for upscale housing that has transformed Manhattan, from the financial district to Harlem and beyond -- what Fordham professor Mark Caldwell, author of New York Night: The Mystique and Its History, has called "galloping gentrification."
Roseland, you'll be missed.
Portishead famously played their in the late 90s. I say famous because not only was it an exciting show at the time, the show was recorded for a live album and DVD. Watch the whole thing (via someone uploading it to YouTube), below...
Screen legend Mickey Rooney has died at age 93. Born in Brooklyn in 1920, Rooney grew up in show business. He was a child star in the silent era and transitioned successfully into talkies and musicals, becoming a huge star in the '30s and '40s with his "Andy Hardy" films, many of which co-starred Judy Garland. In the 1950s, he had his own television show while continuing to make movies, and kept on rolling through his autumn years -- he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in 1979's The Black Stallion -- and had projects lined up for this year. He was one of the greats.
Watch a CNN tribute, a few numbers from his Andy Hardy pictures and other videos, below. Rest in peace, Mickey.