Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Ritz - NYC!

Growing up in Jersey in the 80's was a great time!  Every weekend my buddies and I would hop a train (or drive when we could) to NYC and catch a show at the legendary RITZ!

The Ritz was locaed at 119 E 11th Street between 4th and 3rd Ave in the East Village.  It was a weird residential street, with this big, loud club stuck right in the middle of the block!

The Ritz would always books the new wave/underground bands that we heard on WLIR radio.  It felt like we lived there between 85-87!

I am starting to compile a list of shows that I saw here (I still have some stubs!).  So far, I can only list a few:

5-11-85  -  Einstuerzende Neubauten
6/21/86  -  Replacements
7/11/86  -  Modern English
7/31/86   -  Cramps
10/23/86  -  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
11/22/86  -  Billy Bragg
12/26/86  -  Beastie Boys
3/21/87  -  Hoodoo Gurus
4/24/87  -  Mission UK

I went to college out of state in the fall of 1987, so my trips back were very infrequent.  The Ritz as I knew it, had it's last show on Saturday April 1st, 1989 and closed it's doors at that location.

It then renamed itself the "New Ritz" and moved to the old Studio 54 (yes, the epic disco club) location at 254 W 54th Street and had the first show (the Radiators) on Thursday, April 6th.   Although this was a very cool building/location, the 119 E 11th location was by far the best.

I remember just hanging out before the bands would come on watching the huge video screen over the stage.  They would always play cartoons, strange organic, and computer generated content to the music of The The, Big Audio Dynamite and other "alt" bands from the mid 80's.  And who could forget the huge nuclear bomb hanging from the ceiling!  Such a great venue.

I don't have any pics of the Ritz (outside or inside).  So, if there are any other Ritz fans, please post them here or send them to me and I will post them.

Advert for the U2 show at the Ritz - March 17/18, 1982

Need a walk down memory lane?  I have compiled the best list of known shows at the original Ritz.  Have a ticket stub to a show I don't have listed?  Please let me know!




5/1/80 RITZ OPENS!!!
6/14/80 Plasmatics
11/25/80 Rockpile
11/30/80 XTC
12/6/80 U2 First US date
3/8/81 Kraftwerk
3/26/81 The Jam
4/8/81 Kraftwerk
5/5/81 Splitz Enz
5/15/81 PIL
5/26/81 The Jam
6/28/81 Squeeze
6/29/81 Squeeze
7/23/81 The Cure
7/24/81 The Cure
8/2/81 Iggy Pop
8/3/81 Kraftwerk
9/25/81 Birthday Party
10/8/81 Tom Velarire (Television)
10/30/81 Siouxsie & the Banshees
10/31/81 Siouxsie & the Banshees
11/17/81 Frank Zappa
11/18/81 New Order
11/18/81 New Order
11/20/81 U2
11/21/81 U2
11/22/81 U2
12/17/81 Misfits
1/22/82 Depeche Mode First US Date
1/23/82 Depeche Mode
3/17/82 U2
3/18/82 U2
4/13/82 Ted Nugent
4/18/82 Mike Oldfield
5/3/82 Graham Parker
5/7/82 Depeche Mode
6/10/82 Marianne Faithful
6/15/82 Pointer Sisters
6/18/82 Bauhaus
6/19/82 Bauhaus
7/1/82 Average White Band
8/27/82 Cheap Trick
9/1/82 Black Flag
9/26/82 Ozzy Osbourne
10/25/82 Vaity 6
10/26/82 Gary Numan
11/25/82 Peter Gabriel
11/28/82 Stray Cats
12/7/82 Phil Collins
12/9/82 Iggy Pop
3/24/83 Depeche Mode
4/6/83 Nick Lowe & Paul Carrick
4/8/83 The Cure
4/30/83 REM
5/8/83 The Cure
5/18/83 REM
5/27/83 Fixx
5/28/83 Fixx
7/9/83 UB40
8/4/83 The Cure
8/5/83 The Cure
10/3/83 Michael Stanley
10/14/83 Graham Parker
11/23/83 Eric Clapton
12/28/83 Manowar
4/17/84 Utopia   /Visitor
4/26/84 Gang of Four
6/26/84 Marillion
6/30/84 Steel Pulse
8/9/84 Sisters of Mercy
9/2/84 Urban Blight
9/9/84 The Sisters of Mercy
9/9/84 Black Flag
9/10/84 Jane Siberry
10/3/84 Husker Du
10/12/84 Ministry
10/26/84 Beastie Boys
11/21/84 Hanoi Rocks
12/8/84 Red Hot Chili Peppers
12/27/84 Ramones
1/17/85 Chuck Berry
2/8/85 Berastie Boys
2/25/85 Sting         SOLO FIRST SHOW
2/26/85 Sting
2/27/85 Sting
4/13/85 Nik Kershaw
4/19/85 Scandal
5/11/85 Eubstyrzende Neubauten
6/7/85 Sisters of Mercy
6/17/85 Gregg Allman
7/1/85 the Power Station
7/5/85 Redds and the Boys
9/17/85 Mountain
9/21/85 Cocteau Twins
9/23/85 Cocteau Twins
9/27/85 Slayer
9/29/85 Shriekback 
10/2/85 Love & Rockets
10/3/85 Midnight Oil
10/11/85 The Neats
10/12/85 Saga Shy Talk
10/14/85 The Tomboys
10/17/85 Duane Eddy and the Ray Beats
10/17/85 Duane Eddy with the Raybeats
10/18/85 Fats Domino
10/19/85 Nick Lowe
10/31/85 Fishbone
10/31/85 Red Hot Chili Peppers
11/7/85 The Damned
11/14/85 Nils Lofgren

11/15/85 Nils Lofgren
11/22/85 Adrian Bellew
11/29/85 Til Tuesday
12/6/85 Cult
12/21/85 Motorhead
12/26/85 They Might Be Giants
1/16/86 The Residends
1/24/86 The Dictators
1/26/86 Dickies
1/27/86 Jerry Garcia
1/28/86 Jerry Garcia
2/28/86 The Damned
4/4/86 Venom
4/5/86 Voiviod
4/23/86 The Allman Brothers
4/26/86 Lords of the New Church
5/3/86 Fishbone
5/16/86 The Del Lords
5/23/86 Swans
5/24/86 Wendy O Williams
5/27/86 Samhain
6/14/86 Anthrax
6/14/86 Exodus
6/21/86 Replacements
7/10/86 Fixx
7/11/86 Modern English
7/14/86 Samhain
7/14/86 Celtic Frost
7/17/86 Lou Reed
7/18/86 Let's Active
7/19/86 The Church 
7/31/86 Cramps
8/1/86 Cramps
8/8/86 Southside Johnny &  the Asbury Jukes
8/15/86 Psychic TV
8/22/86 Feelies
8/28/86 Blow Monkeys
8/29/86 Chris Spedding
9/5/86 Weather Update and Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin
9/18/86 Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang featuring Yellowman
9/19/86 Bodeans Ten-Ten
9/20/86 Circle Jerks
10/3/86 Robert Gordon
10/23/86 Nick Cave & Bad Seeds
10/31/86 Dead Boys
11/1/86 Robyn Hitchcokc & The Egyptians/ Beat Rodeo
11/2/86 Nick Cave & Bad Seeds
11/7/86 Ramones
11/13/86 Iggy Pop
11/14/86 Richard Lloyd
11/14/86 Iggy Pop
11/15/86 Gene Love Jezebel
11/22/86 Billy Bragg
11/28/86 Fishbone
12/3/86 Charlie Watts
12/7/86 Slayer
12/12/86 Red Hot Chili Peppers
12/13/86 Lone Justice
12/19/86 Jason & The Scorchers
12/26/86 Beastie Boys
12/27/86 Bad Brains
12/29/86 Cramps
12/30/86 Cramps
12/31/86 Cramps
1/7/87 Lou Reed
1/17/87 Bad Brains
1/23/87 Wasp Saxon
1/30/87 Dave Edmunds
1/31/87 Dave Edmunds
2/5/87 Human League
2/7/87 Human League
2/14/87 Peter Murphy
2/22/87 Slayer
2/26/87 Julian Cope
2/28/87 Mightly Lemondrops
2/28/87 The Chameleons UK with the Mighty Lemon Drops
3/21/87 Hoodoo Gurus
4/18/87 The Dead Boys
4/24/87 Mission UK
4/25/87 Oingo Boingo
5/1/87 Buthole Surfers
5/3/87 Wiseblood
5/14/87 World Party
5/22/87 The Godfathers
5/30/87 Fuzzbox

6/2/87 The Cult
6/20/87 He Bear
6/26/87 The Saints with Faith No More
7/14/87 Voivoid
7/15/87 New Model Army
7/17/87 Andy Summers
7/25/87 Fishbone
8/11/87 Cure
9/10/87 Ramones
9/11/87 Ramones
9/19/87 Hoodoo Gurus
9/25/87 Hooters
10/3/87 Marillion
10/4/87 Warren Zevon / X
10/17/87 Husker Du
10/23/87 Guns n' Roses
11/6/87 Jesus & Mary Chain
11/8/87 The Cure
11/21/87 The Neville Brothers
12/27/87 Fishbone
12/29/87 Cramps
1/2/88 Ramones
1/16/88 Ministry
2/2/88 Guns n' Roses
2/28/88 White Lion
3/6/88 Motorhead
4/1/88 Blondie
4/9/88 Gaye Bykers on Acid
4/22/88 Peter Murphy
4/29/88 They Might Be Giants
5/5/88 The Alarm
5/7/88 Gwar
5/7/88 Danzig
5/12/88 Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
6/30/88 Gwar
7/20/88 Iggy Pop
7/23/88 John Mayall
7/29/88 Divinyls
7/29/88 Jeffrey Osborne
7/30/88 Bonnie Raitt
8/3/88 Kiss
8/10/88 Overkill
8/12/88 Kiss
8/13/88 Kiss
8/18/88 Megadeth
8/19/88 Ramones
8/20/88 Ramones
9/11/88 Sugarcubes
9/20/88 Robyn Hitchcokc & The Egyptians/ Peter Buck
9/30/88 The Damned
10/1/88 The Godfathers
10/20/88 Fishbone
10/21/88 Fishbone
10/28/88 Sonic Youth
11/4/88 King Diamond
11/13/88 Jimmy Page
11/20/88 Devo
11/25/88 The Feelies
12/10/88 Hot Tuna
12/16/88 Ministry
12/23/88 Vovoid
12/30/88 The Dead Boys
12/31/88 The Dead Boys
1/3/89 Cramps
1/6/89 Blue Oyster Cult
1/17/89 Living Colour
1/25/89 Restless Heart Rodney Crowell
1/27/89 Ramones
1/28/89 Ramones
2/10/89 Nick Cave & Bad Seeds
2/18/89 Dinosaur Jr
3/11/89 Paul Stanley
3/18/89 Blue Murder
4/1/89 ??????????? Last show at original RITZ!!!

4/6/89
The Radiators First show at "NEW RITZ"












3 comments:

  1. john,


    i'm a big maria mckee/lone justice fan..i recently got a bootleg dvd of their 1986 ritz show...it was released later on..on vhs and laserdisc (remember those?)...at the beginning of the show there was about 5-10 seconds of a shot from across the street from the ritz with cars going by, at night, looking up at the ritz neon sign, then a close-up of the sign, then a few seconds inside of maria coming from backstage to the stage...the audience shots during the show were few, nothing wide..i understand according to the nyt that the shooting was a surprise to the audience and blocked many..thing is i'm not really a tech guy so i'm not sure how i'd get it to you if you're interested (again, it's not much)..i bought it from a company in california for $25 because it had a lot of other lj/maria stuff too...i can let you know about the company, but it probably wouldn't be worth it if you're not a fan, though i believe it could make someone a fan

    guns and roses also filmed a show there..you can see clips on youtube and there are good inside crowd and stage shots

    marc nichol
    youngstown, ohio mnichol@zoominternet.net

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  2. I was at the 11/25/88 Feelies show. It was probably one of the few times I saw the Feelies play in a venue other than Maxwell's.

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  3. Thanks for posting this list of shows, I'm amazed at how many great bands I got to see there. Does anyone have a good image of the club logo? I would love to have a t-shirt but I can't find them for sale, so I want to try to print one.

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