City: New York
Neighborhood: East Village
Address: 119 E. 11th St.
Closed doors in: July 1988
Famous for: U2's first live show in the U.S; Featured in Guns n' Roses "You Could Be Mine" &and Danzig "Mother" music videos
In the '80s, The Ritz served as the premier venue for showcasing burgeoning rock acts. Eric Clapton, Prince, Sting, Kiss, B.B. King, Guns n' Roses, and Tina Turner all performed at what was called "the best stage in New York City." It may have not been as iconoclastic as the CBGB, but the Ritz was undeniably one of New York's top clubs. The venue was the first nightclub to feature 30' video screens and projectors, a trend that would soon spread across America. MTV also aired a series "Live from the Ritz" on Saturday nights which showcased bands like Run-DMC, The Cult, Iggy Pop, and Guns n' Roses. The Ritz was located in the building what is now known as Webster Hall (another iconic venue).