On Monday, Lady Gaga will play the final show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
Since opening in Philadelphia at the beginning of the 20th century, the Roseland Ballroom has played host to the likes of Kurt Cobain, Beyoncé, and Bill Clinton.
The club’s founders moves to New York and set up shop as a “whites-only” club for “refined dancing” in 1919. According to The New York Times, black artists began performing at Roseland by 1924, but segregation among visitors lasted longer.
1. In the ’20s, the Roseland was the location of a “stilt dancing marathon.”
The photo’s caption reads: “The most recent innovations in marathons, stilt dancing, was held in New York City ballroom on Feb. 6th. Due to the falling of some participants the Roseland ballroom owners called a halt to this novel contest after four hours.”
2. And here’s a photo of “Old Man Prohibition” hanging from a pole outside in 1933.
3. Couples dancing to the Dolly Dawn band in 1941.
4. Louis Armstrong in 1967.
5. Grace Jones in 1978.
6. Keith Haring in 1987.
7. Liza Minnelli and Mark Gero (and a Hawaiian shirt) in 1987.
8. Grace Jones on New Year’s Eve 1987.
9. Prince in 1988.
10. Bon Jovi at the “New Jersey” release in 1988.
11. Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt at a campaign event for Michael Dukakis (!) just before the 1988 election.
12. Steven Tyler (and a very special coat) in 1990.
13. Brooke Shields in 1991.
14. EMF in 1991.
15. The Beastie Boys in 1992.
16. Kurt Cobain in 1993.
17. Courtney Love in 1995.
18. David Bowie in 1996.
19. NSYNC with Tommy Hilfiger in 1998.
20. Robert De Niro and Bill Clinton at Hillary Clinton’s birthday party in 2000.
21. And it’s NSYNC again, in 2000.
22. 98 Degrees in 2000.
Hello, boy band era.
23. Ja Rule and Nelly and an old computer at the launch of Sprite.com (!).
24. Beyoncé in 2001.
25. Missy Elliott in 2001.
26. Kiss and Anna Nicole Smith in 2002.
27. Iggy Pop in 2003.
28. Slash and James Brown in 2004.
Good luck, Gaga.
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