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Evolution of The Limelight: Former Church-Turned-Nightclub Becomes a Shopping Mall for Urban Douche Bags


Architect’s Rendering of The New Limelight Mall

Hey, remember back in the day when all the cool rock hipsters used hang out at The Limelight – the pseudo Goth nightclub-slash-den of iniquity located in an abandoned church – to dance to awesome music, take crazy drugs, have anonymous sex in the bathroom and plan grisly murders (see Michael Alig)? I sure do.  My favorite night to visit The Limelight used to be Sunday, when they had “Rock & Roll Church” and I always got in for free because I knew the right people.Good times.

The original Limelight was shuttered years ago when its former owner, Peter Gatien, was busted for drugs, or tax evasion, or something. For a while it reopened as a lame, bridge-and-tunnel-crowd attracting concert venue that reminded me of a bowling alley. But soon,it closed again, because no one could stand to know the shame of seeing the once-mighty Limelight reduced to a shadow of its former dark and glorious self. Well, tomorrow (Friday May 7th) the church located at Sixth Avenue and 20th Street opens once again to foot traffic and commercial activity as the Limelight Marketplace. Yes, they have turned The Limelight into a fucking mall. Learn more about what surely signals the End of Days at this link.


Former Dance Floor Becomes a “Shopper’s Paradise.” Ugh.

Panic At The Disco…or Something Like That

Panic Channel Band
“We Do Not Sound As Good As We Look”

Last night I went to see this new band called The Panic Channel, which is three members of the most recent incarnation of Jane’s Addiction, minus Perry Farrell, plus a new singer who’s a former VJ from MTV back when MTV still showed videos. Can you even remember that far back? It seems like a million lifetimes ago.

Anyway, there were Stephen Perkins, Dave “Nipple Rings” Navarro, Chris Chaney and Steve Issacs (!) on the stage of Avalon – which used to be The Limelight – and they were all rocking “the look” and obviously trying to be less than a total mortifying horrorshow of lameness, but all I kept thinking was, “Gee wiz, what a fucking waste of Stephen Perkins drumming talents!”

Because The Panic Channel is not a good band.

I can’t quite put my finger on why three awesome musicians and a pretty boy don’t add up to some kind of kick ass force of nature…but it just wasn’t happening. They reminded me of Stone Temple Pilots right about the time Scott Weiland got busted for smack for the third of fourth go-round and the other three members formed the band Talk Show so they could forget about their pain. If The Panic Channel were even a fraction as awesome sounding as their website would lead us to believe, they would sound like Led Zeppelin plus The Beatles plus the original Alice Cooper band or something. But no.

Another thing that made me sad was seeing how the new owners of Avalon have completely destroyed all the dark charm and wild spirit of the former Limelight, a righteous dance club built in an old gothic church on Sixth Avenue, where I spent many Sunday nights dancing my cares away to the songs of Siouxsie and The Banshees, LA Guns and Soundgarden, and feeling like some kind of god. Good times. Now the former “Rock & Roll Church” looks like a bowling alley or a free clinic or god knows what. How very very tragic. At least I got in for free.