Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs

Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs

Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs

Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs


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Steve Adelman’s humorous and engaging memoir reflects on his years as the director and owner of some of the world’s most popular nightclubs, including the Roxy, Limelight, Tunnel, and Palladium in the heyday of clubs in New York City during the 1980s and 1990s, followed by Avalon (Boston, Hollywood, NYC, and Singapore locations), and the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis. Nocturnal Admissions is a timely, unconventional look at one of pop culture’s most outwardly glamorous, yet misunderstood industries, bringing the reader backstage into the world of nightlife at its highest level.

Wearing the multiple hats of ringmaster, entrepreneur, guidance counselor, multimillion-dollar dealmaker, and music soothsayer, Adelman chronicles an improbable journey from small town to big city, filled with a cast of characters he could never have imagined: People named Hedda Lettuce, Jenetalia, Maxi Min, and Jiggy, who collide with and around the likes of Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, RuPaul, Rudy Giuliani, and Snoop Dogg, among many, many others.

Navigating city crackdowns, crazed partners, and cultural differences, Adelman relates how he watched his Nana out-dance an ex-NFL lineman, was chastised by Bob Dylan, launched the EDM cultural movement, helped created the “mash-up” with Perry Farrell, butted heads with Jerry Falwell, rang in the New Year with Matt Damon’s mother, leveraged porn star Jenna Jameson, relied on advice from felons, almost pancaked Prince, and built the world’s most lavish nightclub.

Nocturnal Admissions is a hilarious, adrenaline-filled ride through the peak decades of the world's most famous nightclubs and nightlife scenes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595801142
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Publication date: 06/07/2022
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 686,613
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Widely recognized as the cofounder of the Avalon nightlife brand, Steve Adelman began his career in the early ’90s, moving to New York City to become the director of the Roxy nightclub. Only two years later he was tabbed as a director of the iconic Limelight and then increased his role at Manhattan’s four largest nightclubs, including the Tunnel and Palladium.

In 1997, Adelman launched Avalon on Lansdowne Street in Boston, which quickly became a national success. Over the next four years, he led a team to develop six venues on the famed street, turning it into the ultimate one-stop entertainment destination.

In 2002, Adelman purchased the Palace Theatre in Hollywood and Limelight in New York City, the same venue he directed ten years earlier. After a year of construction and renovations, he expanded the Avalon brand on both coasts, along with the ultra-exclusive Spider Club. This “club within a club” became the ultimate celebrity haunt and one of the country’s most sought-after nightlife experiences.

Always striving to be one step ahead and break new ground, he expanded his focus to Singapore, opening Avalon as part of the Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino, becoming the first U.S. entertainment brand of its kind in Asia. Returning to the States, Adelman set his sights on famed Beale Street in Memphis, restoring the historic New Daisy Theatre. He now lives in Memphis with his wife and dog Milton.

Anthony Haden-Guest is a cartoonist, journalist, and author. His drawings have appeared in the New York Observer, and his stories have appeared in such magazines as Talk, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Details, the London Observer, Sunday Times and Telegraph, and Paris Review. His books include The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco & the Culture of the Night (William Morrow & Co.) and True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World (Grove/Atlantic). He lives in New York City and London.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anthony Haden-Guest 7

Introduction 13

Part I 1989-1999

Roxy, Limelight, Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA, Avalon, Axis, Embassy

Chapter 1 In Full Swing 19

Chapter 2 On the Case 27

Chapter 3 Disco Granny 43

Chapter 4 Yertle Syndrome 53

Chapter 5 Smallishville 71

Chapter 6 An Event Full Year 85

Part II 2000-2007

Avalon Boston, Avalon Hollywood, Spider Club, Avalon NYC

Chapter 7 Fear Factor 97

Chapter 8 Porn Idol 105

Chapter 9 Show-Stopper 119

Chapter 10 Let's Make a Deal 129

Chapter 11 Beyond the House of Pies 143

Chapter 12 Alphabetical Order 163

Chapter 13 Build It and They Will Come (Or So the Story Goes) 185

Part III 2008-2021

Avalon Singapore, New Daisy Theatre

Chapter 14 Learning to Bow 203

Chapter 15 The Money Shot 223

Chapter 16 Culture Shock 237

Epilogue 261

Acknowledgments 263

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