Roseland Ballroom in July 2007
|Address||239 West 52nd Street|
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
(concerts promoted by Live Nation)
The Roseland Ballroom (also referred to as Roseland Dance City) is a multi-purpose hall, in a converted ice skating rink, with a colorful ballroom dancing pedigree, in New York City's theater district, on West 52nd Street.
The venue, according to its website, can accommodate 3,200 standing (with an additional 300 upstairs), 2,500 for a dance party, between 1,300 and 1,500 in theatre style, 800-1,000 for a sit-down dinner, and 1,500 for a buffet and dancing.
The quirky venue has hosted everything, from a Hillary Clinton birthday party, to annual gay circuit parties, to movie premieres, to musical performances from all genres. It is also known as the place American singer Fiona Apple broke-down during her concert at the venue in 2000.
The rear of the venue faces West 53rd Street and the Ed Sullivan Theater. It is seen virtually every time that comedian David Letterman has outside antics during taping of the Late Show with David Letterman beside his theater (prompting various attempts to paint the industrial-looking wall to make it look better on national television).
On October 18, 2013, it was announced that the venue is slated to close in 2014. 
Broadway at 51st Street location
In 1919, they moved the venue to 1658 Broadway at 51st Street in New York. It was a "whites only" dance club called the "home of refined dancing", famed for the "society orchestra" groups that played there, starting with Sam Lanin and his Ipana Troubadours.
The all-white, ballroom-dancing atmosphere of the club gradually changed with the ascendance in popularity of hot jazz, as played by African American bands on the New York nightclub scene. Piron's New Orleans Jazz Orchestra played the ballroom in 1924. The Fletcher Henderson band played at Roseland in the 1920s and 1930s. Louis Armstrong, Count Basie (with his "Roseland Shuffle"), and Chick Webb followed with their orchestras. Other major-name bandleaders who played the venue included Vincent Lopez, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. Many big-band performances were broadcast live from Roseland by radio networks; recordings survive of several NBC broadcasts of 1940, featuring the young Ella Fitzgerald fronting the Chick Webb band.
Brecker popularized marathon dancing until it was banned, staged female prizefights, yo-yo exhibitions, sneezing contests, and dozens of highly publicized jazz weddings with couples who met at the club.
As the club grew older, Brecker attempted to formalize the dancing more by having hostesses dance for 11¢ a dance or $1.50 a half-hour, with tuxedoed bouncers (politely known as "housemen") keeping order. It was to work its way into stories by Ring Lardner, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John O'Hara.
Current 52nd Street location
The original New York Roseland was torn down in 1956 and it moved to its new venue on West 52nd, a building that Brecker earlier had converted from an ice-skating rink to a roller-skating rink. It had been built in 1922 at a cost of $800,000 by the Iceland ice-skating franchise. A thousand skaters showed up on opening night at the 80-by-200-foot rink on November 29, 1922. Iceland went bankrupt in 1932 and the rink opened as the Gay Blades Ice Rink. Brecker took it over in the 1950s and converted it to roller-skating.
Time magazine described the new Roseland's opening interior as a "purple-and-cerise tentlike décor that creates a definite harem effect." Brecker attempted to maintain its ballroom dancing style, banning rock and roll and disco. In 1974 Brecker told The New York Times, "Cheek-to-cheek dancing, that's what this place is all about."
Brecker sold the building in 1981 to Albert Ginsberg. Under the new owners the Roseland began regularly scheduled "disco nights", which gave rise to a period when it was considered a dangerous venue and neighborhood menace. In 1984, a teenager was shot to death on the dance floor.
In 1990, after Utah tourist Brian Watkins was killed in the subway, four of the eight suspects (members of the FTS gang) were found partying at Roseland. As a result, Roseland discontinued the "disco nights".
Its low-rise three-story structure on top of the quarter-acre dance floor in the middle of midtown Manhattan has stirred concerns over its being torn down for redevelopment. In 1996, a new owner, Laurence Ginsberg, filed plans to tear down the venue and replace it with a 42-story, 459-unit apartment building. A spokesman for Ginsberg said the filing was to "beat a deadline for new, more stringent earthquake codes, which went into effect earlier" in 1996. The interior space has been subsequently renovated.
In November 2013, it was announced that Lady Gaga would headline six shows (March 28, 30, 31 and April 2, 4 and 6) and these shows will be the final performances at the venue. Additionally a seventh show was added, to be held on April 7 and officially close the venue.
Live recordings at the venue
- Malcolm X directed by Spike Lee has a dance scene at the ballroom.
- Roseland, directed by James Ivory and starring Christopher Walken.
- Beyoncé held a revue show titled 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé on August 14, 16, 18 and 19, 2011. The first show sold out in 22 seconds, and the remaining three performances in the following minute. A DVD of the show titled, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4, was released on November 21, 2011. Unknown at the time, Beyoncé performed while pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
- Evil or Divine, live album and DVD by Heavy Metal artist Dio
- Live at Roseland Ballroom, a 1996 live album from Gov't Mule
- Live Scenes from New York and Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York, live album and DVD by Dream Theater
- Roseland Ballroom 2003, a bootleg recording of a 2003 AC/DC concert
- Roseland NYC Live, live album by Portishead
- "Abrasions Mount The Timpani", "Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt", "A: Gust Of Mutts" and "B: And Ghosted Pouts" from the live album Scabdates by The Mars Volta
- Phil Collins: Going Back - Live At Roseland Ballroom, NYC
- "Haunted DJ Throwdown", a live House music event, in which deadmau5 and Kaskade played.
- Madonna: Hard Candy Promo Tour - filmed for MSN online broadcast on April 30, 2008.
- Nirvana: played twice at the Roseland, July 23, 1993 as the headliner of the New Music Seminar, previewing songs from their then-upcoming In Utero album, Kurt Cobain overdosed on heroin minutes before the show, and was revived in time to play. The other date Nirvana played was a surprise concert on November 15, 1993 in the midst of the In Utero tour.
- Fugazi played 3 sold-out concerts in a row at the Roseland on September 23, 24 and 25, 1993. After the show on the 25th, Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegün famously met with the band backstage in an attempt to sign them for $10 million.
- Metallica performed at the venue on November 24, 1998
- Green Day performed a free show on June 6, 2000 to promote their album Warning
- The Rolling Stones performed at the venue on September 30, 2002 during the Licks Tour as part of their New York trilogy concerts with the others being at Madison Square Garden and Giants Stadium
- Snow Patrol, May 2005
- Funk Metal band Primus has played the venue a number of times including a show in 2006 where the barricade at the front of the venue collapsed due to the pressure exerted from the audience.
- VAMPS performed at the venue on October 9, 2010.
- American singer-songwriter Kesha, brought her Get Sleazy Tour to the ballroom on April 13, 2011.
- Radiohead performed two concerts at the venue on the 28 and 29 September 2011.
- Korn brought The Path of Totality Tour in November 2011 with dubstep acts such as Downlink, Datsik and Dope D.O.D.
- Guns N' Roses kicked off their 2012 "Up Close and Personal" mini-tour of New York at the venue
- Björk finished off her New York residency promoting her 2011 album Biophilia at the venue.
- Nicki Minaj held a free concert for her last U.S date from her Pink Friday Tour August 14, 2012, which was streamed by Pepsi at Roseland.
- June 10, 2012 StarKid Productions finished their second national tour: "Apocalyptour" with a sold-out show at the Roseland Ballroom.
- Eric Prydz performed two concerts at the venue on the 21 and 24 November 2012.
- X-Japan performed a concert on the 10 October 2010.
- Electronic music artist Deadmau5 held a record 6 shows here.
- Indie rock band Vampire Weekend performed on April 28, 2013. The set list was picked by actor Steve Buscemi.
- Live footage used in the No Doubt video Don't Speak was from an August 21, 1996 performance at the Roseland Ballroom
- Live Nation Ticketing In Deal With Roseland
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- "Romp at the Met". Time (magazine). January 7, 1957. Retrieved 2007-06-21. "When a public dance hall named Roseland opened on Broadway in 1919, smart young people had recently deserted the waltz for the foxtrot, were just beginning to master the delicate nuances of the shimmy. Sam Lanin and his Ipana Troubadours were on the bandstand, thumping out such Ziegfeld Follies hits as "Mandy" and "You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake on Tea". Since that distant New Year's Eve, generations of stag-line Romeos and their girls have bunny-hugged, Lindy-hopped, Charlestoned, big-appled black-bottomed and jitterbugged under Roseland's star-studded ceiling. At 1 o'clock one morning last week the stars winked out for the last time; the following night Roseland reopened in glittering new quarters, billed as 'a magnificent metropolis of melody and merriment.'"
- NOTES ON PEOPLE; It's On With the Dance
- "18-Year-Old Is Killed In Roseland Ballroom". New York Times. November 11, 1984. "A Staten Island teen-ager was fatally shot yesterday morning at the Roseland ballroom in midtown Manhattan, the police said. The victim - Robert Dudley, 18 years old, of 62 Roxbury Street - was shot once in the chest at 3:26 A.M. and was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Clare's Hospital and Medical Center. The police said they had not established a motive for the slaying"
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- "An Old-Fashioned Dance to the Music of Time" - New York Times - October 13, 1996
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- Freidman, p. 52.