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Rock clubs in Manhattan, 1980

Posted on February 1, 2012 with 0 comments

An article by John Rockwell in the NY Times 31 years ago.

Guns n Roses have a show scheduled on February 15 at The Ritz (now known as Webster Hall). According to reports, the club is to be renamed "The Ritz" (on the marquee), reminiscent of the band's MTV special, taped there live in 1988.

I like both names. I was working at the Ritz during that time and had learned that the building was originally called Webster Hall; now it's a NYC landmark.

GN'R first played there as part of the MTV series, "Live at the Ritz." I remember listening as the Ritz's sound engineer, Charlie Martin, called MTV and persuaded them to tape and broadcast Ritz performances.

Run DMC also did one.


photo: Josh Cheuse (I think this photo is from the group's 1984 show there)


It's over 60 pages but I'm gonna go back and finish reading this transript of a 2011 interview with Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons: