NYC’s venerable Roseland Ballroom’s been host to a number of historic rock shows over the years. Once, I saw a Slayer gig that featured almost a dozen women amongst the 4000 paying customers. On Friday, September 25, 2009, a new chapter in Roseland history will be written as Yo La Tengo headline their biggest hometown show to date, with support from Atlanta’s Black Lips and a lobby performance from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.
Aside from the Yo La Tengo lineup of Ira, Georgia and James being augmented by additional strings on this evening, the staging and lighting will be a one-off presentation from Joshua White and Gary Panter. There’s talk of an MC, and while we can’t divulge any names, I am personally hoping and praying it is anyone other than this guy.
Tickets are available here. I realize the streets of NYC are safer than when I was living in Manhattan, but trust me, you don’t wanna be wandering around Hell’s Kitchen looking for a Yo La Tengo ticket the night of the show. For one thing, it might rain. For another, Yo La Tengo will not be playing their annual Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s this December, so this is your last chance to see the band in the greater NY area this year.