New York City’s Roseland Ballroom To Close

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Fuck, if this doesn’t suck a big old bag of shit-flavored dicks.

New York music venue Roseland Ballroom — a place I have been going to since my teens and will watch Lamb of God fuck shit up at next weekend — will close its doors in April.

This, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard.

Owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, Roseland opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands.

The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that, in Philadelphia.

I saw Rage Against The Machine and Faith No More and Portishead there. Watched Them Crooked Vultures play the stage. Watched Glassjaw open for the Deftones. Witnessed countless hardcore and punk bands there. Dove off its stage. Interviewed Audioslave in one of its green rooms while at MTV.

This is fucked up.

The closing of Roseland will be “a huge loss for concerts in New York City,” says Ken Fermaglich at the Agency Group, who was surprised to hear the venue would shutter. “I love the venue and always have. I saw Nirvana there and will never forget that show.”

Billboard could not reach Live Nation New York or Roseland for comment at press time.

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