By , on April 15, 2009

Rock & Roll Manhattan Map

A 3,500-seat movie and vaudeville theater opened in 1927, the Academy of Music hosted early U.S. appearances by the Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark 5. In 1971, promoter Howard Stein began producing concerts at the aging movie house including Roxy Music, Black Sabbath, and Lou Reed (whose December 21, 1973 show was released as Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal). Two of Stein’s most memorable New Year’s Eve shows were headlined by The Band in 1971 (released as Rock of Ages); and by Blue Öyster Cult in 1973, supported by the Stooges and KISS.

In 1976, the theater’s name was changed to The Palladium but it remained an important rock venue for the next nine years. Frank Zappa’s Halloween shows became a fall tradition, and the Clash made their New York debut at the Palladium in February 1979. In 1985, Studio 54 founder Steve Rubell transformed the theater into the city’s leading disco featuring top DJs like Junior Vasequez as well as sporadic live shows by dance-oriented acts like James Brown and Was (Not Was). The Palladium closed in August 1997 following the sale of the building to New York University; it was subsequently demolished for the construction of a residence hall, also called Palladium.

1 Comment to “THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC a/k/a The Palladium (126 East 14th Street)”

  1. pool dude says:

    There were a lot of great concerts there after the Fillmore East closed. I saw Hot Tuna, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter and the Grateful Dead, just to name a few. Their crystal ball (“disco ball” to those under 45) was a great light show (esp. after a hit or 2 of window pane…)

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