NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York native Lady Gaga kicked off her seven-night homecoming run at the Roseland Ballroom Friday night.
The iconic New York City venue is closing its doors for good once Gaga’s performances are through on April 7, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
Roseland Ballroom opened at its first location on West 51st Street in 1919. Then in 1956, the venue moved to West 52nd Street with the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, and The Rolling Stones gracing its stage over the years.
Gaga said Roseland was a place her mother didn’t want her to go to, but New York’s home-grown star went anyway, D’Auria reported.
Most of Gaga’s little monsters (her fans) weren’t concerned about the venue’s history, just the music.
“She’s a really great performer. Very talented. Singing, dancing, all of it,” said fan Susan.
Fan Allen said Gaga has enough talent to give Roseland a classy finish.
“She plays several different instruments. She can play the piano, the guitar, sings, dances. A little of everything.”
But Kevin, who is not only a Gaga fan but also a Roseland fan, said the venue has “great acoustics and it’s a shame that the building is gonna be torn down and put into a high-rise. A lot of great memories here.”
Another fan, Ian, told D’Auria a lot about Roseland’s rich history.
“This is an old ballroom. They used to charge 11 cents a dance and have bouncers called house boys that would stop people from getting out of hand,” Ian said.
After Roseland closes, it will eventually be replaced by apartments.
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