• The Beacon Theatre is the "older sister" to Radio City Music Hall. Both legendary venues were the "brainchild" of Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel, the great theatrical impresario and visionary of his time.

  • Roxy Rothafel had identical dreams for both theaters. He believed that both the Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall should become an "International Music Hall" theater, to present live entertainment acts and present cultural and popular events.

  • Designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager in the Art Deco style, the Beacon Theatre opened in 1929 as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera, and movies.

  • In 1979, the historic venue was designated a national landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • A 1986 proposal to convert the 2,600-seat, three-tiered theatre into a disco was blocked when a judge ruled the change would irreparably damage the building's architecture.

  • Many of the greatest names in music have played the Beacon including the Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Radiohead, and Queen.

  • The Beacon Theatre has hosted such operatic events as "Madame Butterfly" (1988) and "Ballet on Broadway" (1978).

  • The Beacon was the first "concert hall" outfitted for IMAX for the film "The Rolling Stones at the Max," December 1991.

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama chose the Beacon Theatre as the site of his teaching classes in August of 1999.

  • The Allman Brothers hold an annual rite of spring concert series at the Beacon Theatre known as "The Beacon Run." Since 1989, they have performed 222 shows at the Beacon.

  • On Oct. 29, 2006 Bill Clinton ended his 60th birthday celebration at the Beacon with a private Rolling Stones concert.

  • In November 2006 the Beacon Theatre joined MSG Entertainment's family of world-class venues.

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Beacon On-Stage Concert Moments Timeline

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Dec 30-31, 2013
GOV’T MULE ring in the New Year from the Beacon’s stage for the 10th time since 2003.

Dec 7, 2013
CYNDI LAUPER’s Home for the Holidays benefit concert includes special guests P!NK, JOSH GROBAN, NELLY FURTADO, MATT NATHANSON, INDIGO GIRLS, SUSAN SARANDON, THE HIVES, INGRID MICHAELSON, THE HIVES and many more.

September 19, 2013
FRANCOFOLIES, France's Premier Music Festival, makes U.S. debut with multi-artist tribute to Edith Piaf.  Line-up includes Christophe Willem, Harry Connick, Jr., Duffy, Madeleine Peyroux, Patricia Kaas, Angelique Kidjo, Alex Hepburn, Beth Ditto, Olivia Ruiz, 
Charles Dumont, Camélia Jordana, Jean-Louis Aubert, Zaz, Coeur de Pirate, Nolwenn Leroy, Emmanuel Moire and Elodie Frege and was hosted by François-Xavier Demaison.

May 20 – 26, 2013
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS perform a run of five sellout shows at the Beacon.

April 7, 2013
RODRIGUEZ sells out the Beacon following his Academy Awards victory for the biographical documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”.

March 1-17, 2013
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS return to the Beacon Theatre for their annual residency, maintaining the record for most performances played at the venue with well over 200 shows.

March 28, 29, 30, 2013
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS perform 3 sold out shows.

November 12, 2012
VOICES UNITED’s 600-voice festival choir performs at the Beacon to raise money for New Yorkers in challenging situations.

November 8, 2012
STAND UP FOR HEROES brings Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams and Bruce Springsteen to the stage of the Beacon to raise money for wounded soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afganistan.

June 10, 2012
THE TONY AWARDS are hosted at the Beacon Theatre for the second consecutive year.

May 26, 2012
ONE DIRECTION performs at the Beacon  for their first-ever headlining tour.

May 8-May 9, 2012
THE BEACH BOYS perform at the Beacon for their first tour reunited in more than two decades.

March 9, 2012
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND begins a 10-night run at the Beacon Theatre; the band celebrates the 40th anniversary of their iconic 1972 live album EAT A PEACH  by hailing 2012 as “The Year of the Peach”. 

December 12-17, 2011
THE NATIONAL perform a consecutive 5-nights at the Beacon Theatre and special guests Trey Anastasio of Phish and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire join the band on stage at the 12/16 show.

November 9, 2011
STAND UP FOR HEROES COMEDY FESTIVAL at The Beacon featuring Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and The Max Weinberg Big Band.

October 31-November 3, 2011
CONAN O’BRIEN tapes Conan at the Beacon Theatre. Special guests include Jimmy Fallon, Reggie Watts, Mayor Bloomberg, Hugh Jackman, Cobra Starship, Matthew Broderick, Paul Simon, Louis CK, Stephen Colbert, John Stewart.
 
October 14-16, 2011
YO GABBA GABBA plays six shows in a three day run at the Beacon Theatre. Judah Friedlander, Biz Markie, Bethany Frankel, and Lauryn Hill all took stage as special guests.

October 1, 2011
STING celebrates his 60th birthday at the Beacon Theatre. The charity event raised $3.7 million for the Robin Hood Foundation. Celeb guests included Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, and Robert Downey, Jr., amongst others.

September 14-23, 2011
STEELY DAN performs a seven show run at The Beacon. Each night was dedicated to a different Steely Dan album
.

September 7, 2011
ART OF FLIGHT film premieres at the Beacon Theatre and was attended by Justin Timberlake.

August 1, 2011
MATTHEW MORRISON of the hit show Glee performs at The Beacon.

July 27, 2011
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND perform  a charity concert at The Beacon benefiting Hep C. Special guests included Natalie Cole, David Crosby and Graham Nash, and Phil Lesh.

July 19, 2011
HBO’S ENTOURAGE final season premiere at The Beacon.

June 30, 2011
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her debut album, 'Songs in A Minor,' HYPERLINK "http://www.theboombox.com/tag/AliciaKeys/"ALICIA KEYS brought the house down with an exclusive-to-AOL acoustic solo concert special, live from the Beacon Theatre in her native New York City.

June 28-29, 2011
EARTH WIND & FIRE perform two sold out shows.

June 21-22, 2011
EDDIE VEDDER performs two nights at The Beacon including surprise appearances by Neil Finn and a tribute to the late Clarence Clemons.

June 18, 2011
THE ULTIMATE DOO WOP SHOW plays its fourth annual show at The Beacon featuring Jay Siegel & The Tokens, Jay & The Americans, Herbie Cox & The Cleftones, The Crystals, The Reflections, The Tune Weavers, John Kuse & The Excellents, The Jarmels, Louise Murray & The Hearts, and The Rama Lama Big Band.

June 12, 2011
65th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS are held at the Beacon Theatre for the first time.

May 22-24, 2011
ELVIS COSTELLO and the Imposters’ performed three sold-out shows to support the“The Revolver Tour”; For the first time in 25 years, Costello  let his set-list be chosen by ”The Spectacular Spinning Songbook”, a monumental game-show wheel that features 40 song-titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers. Audience members were invited onstage to spin "The Wheel” and select a song for Elvis to perform.

May 19, 2011
ADELE performs to a sold-out crowd at the Beacon Theatre. A month later, Adele was forced to cancel all her remaining gigs on her US tour due to laryngitis.

April 21, 2011
JAMES BLUNT plays The Beacon with opener Christina Perri.

March 26, 2011
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND performs their 200th show at the venue after a 15-night run. The ABB broke the record for most performances by a band or artist at the Beacon Theatre (As of March 2012, the band has performed 211 shows and still holds the record).

November 12, 2010
JOHN LENNON tribute concert is held at The Beacon.  The all-star benefit concert in honor of the former Beatle had a lineup featuring Jackson Browne, Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauper. Proceeds went to Playing for Change Foundation, which promotes peace with music.

October 19, 2010
ELTON JOHN AND LEON RUSSELL performs at The Beacon and was aired live in HD on Fuse, Madison Square Garden’s music network, to celebrate the release of The Union, the duo’s first album together.  The following morning, the two music legends performed live from The Beacon on Good Morning America.

October 2, 2010
NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS show at The Beacon benefiting Autism Education. The show, presented by Comedy Central, was hosted by Jon Stewart and featured Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

July 27, 2010
MAROON 5 kicks off their summer tour at with a benefit concert at The Beacon, which celebrated the release of their first studio album in three years. Garden of Dreams Foundation children were in the audience and the show aired in HD on Fuse.

November 17, 2009
JOHN MAYER performs a sold out show as part of a “Fuse Presents” concert series.

July 28 - August 4, 8-12, 2009
STEELY DAN performs 8 shows.

June 1, 2009
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND performs a sold out benefit concert as part of a “Fuse Presents” concert series.

March 9-28, 2009
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND perform a 15-night run during their annual ‘”Beacon Run”.

February 13, 2009
PAUL SIMON reopens the Beacon Theatre after a seven-month restoration with a two-night run. Art Garfunkel made a special on-stage appearance and the red carpet guests included Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Schirripa, Jane Krakowski, and James Gandolfini.

July 1, 2008
PEARL JAM plays the Beacon Theatre for a private charity event benefiting the Robin Hood Foundation, which targets to help poverty in New York City.

April 13, 2008
“NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS” was broadcast live on Comedy Central to benefit autism education. Hosted by Jon Stewart, the event featured the top names in comedy including Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler and Adam Sandler.

December 4, 2007
Welsh singer DAVID GRAY performed a sold-out show in support of his “Greatest Hits” album which debuted that year.

November 30, 2007
ANDREW BIRD performs a sold-out show.

November 19, 2007
THE SWELL SEASON performs a sold-out show. The following year, the band’s song “Falling Slowly” won the Oscar for best original song from the film, Once.

October 23, 2007
SINEAD O’CONNOR stops at The Beacon during her U.S. tour in support of her album, “Theology”.

October 14-16, 2007
KELLY CLARKSON performs three-sold out shows in support of her album, “"My December".

September 27-28, 2007
ZZ TOP performs a multi-night run (2 shows) at The Beacon.

April 13-14, 2007
GUSTER performs a multi-night show at the Beacon Theatre.

March 20 through April 8, 2007
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND perform 15 shows as part of their annual “Beacon Run”.

December 3, 2006
AEROSMITH plays a private concert at the Beacon Theatre.

November 1, 2006
THE ROLLING STONES perform at The Beacon as part of their A Bigger Bang Tour. The show was filmed and released on DVD entitled, “Shine a Light,” and was directed by Martin Scorsese.

September 14, 2003
CONAN O’BRIEN celebrates his Late Night With Conan O'Brien 10th anniversary special with a star studded event at The Beacon, including appearances from Andy Richter, Mr. T, Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Ben Stiller.

March 31 – June 8, 2002
LIZA MINNELLI performs 7 shows at the Beacon Theatre.

November 26-December 3, 2001
PHIL LESH & FRIENDS perform 7 shows at the Beacon Theatre.

May 30, 1998
JAMES TAYLOR performs at The Beacon in support of his 1997 album Hourglass, which was his first new record in over five years. This became the first concert to be broadcast live nationwide on the PBS network. The concert became available on DVD entitled, “Live at the Beacon Theatre”.

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