25 wonderful photos of historic Roseland Ballroom

R.I.P., Roseland. We take a look back at the concert hall throughout the years—it wasn’t always overrun with Little Monsters, you know.

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It's curtains for Roseland Ballroom. The storied venue will hold its last concert on Monday, April 7, with Lady Gaga playing its last show ever after a seven-day run that started a week ago. No official reason has been given as to why the midtown concert palace is turning off its red-lettered marquee after 95 years, though rumors have been swirling since 1996, when owner Laurence Ginsberg filed plans to build (what else?) a high-rise in place of the three-story building.


The landmark Roseland Ballroom first opened in 1917 in Philadelphia; two years later, it opened in New York City on Broadway and 51st Street as a spot for "refined dancing." That original location closed in 1956, reopening on the West 52nd Street block we know. Since then, the venue has hosted everyone from Tito Puente to Fiona Apple, Madonna and the Rolling Stones, and Metallica to Hillary Clinton. Take a look at some images of the fabled club through the years, courtesy Getty Images' extensive library.


Eddie Condon with Hollis Peavey Jazz Bandits (1923)

Couples dancing to a band (1941)

Truman Capote (1972)

Roseland exterior (1972)

Grace Jones (1978)

Prince (1988)

EMF (1991)

Beastie Boys (1992)

Bjork (1992)

Kurt Cobain (1993)

Red Hot Chili Peppers (1994)

David Bowie (1996)

Marilyn Manson (1996)

Radiohead (1996)

Destiny's Child (2001)

*NSYNC (2001)

The Rolling Stones (2002)

Iggy Pop and the Stooges (2003)

James Brown (2004)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2006)

Lady Gaga (2008)

Katy Perry (2011)

Crystal Castles (2012)

Lorde (2014)


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