RadioOnFire.com - Jay-Z has been revealed as the opening act for Webster Hall after the famed NYC venue has been undergoing renovations for the past two years.
The show is being billed as a follow-up to Jay's "B-Sides" concert at Terminal 5 in 2015, with this show being called "B-Sides 2." An American Express presale will begin on April 18th at 10 am through 10 pm, with the general public sale starting on April 19 at 11 am. Tickets will range from $250 to $399.
Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global, which bought Webster Hall, spoke on Jay-Z's upcoming show, stating, "When we were thinking about who would be the right choice to open this legendary venue, we knew it had to be a world-famous New York City icon. No one fits that description better than JAY-Z, who will join an unparalleled list of celebrated performers who have played Webster Hall."
night headliner will be: an up-and-coming act named "Jay-Z" will make his Webster Hall debut on Friday, April 26th.
The show is being billed as B-Sides 2, a sequel to his Tidal-sponsored B-Sides concert at Terminal 5 in 2015, during which he pulled out a lot of rarities, deep cuts and older material. "When we were thinking about who would be the right choice to open this legendary venue, we knew it had to be a world-famous New York City icon," said Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global, which owns Bowery Presents. "No one fits that description better than JAY-Z, who will join an unparalleled list of celebrated performers who have played Webster Hall."
Housed in an 1886 building, the independently-owned Webster Hall (formerly known as The Ritz in the '80s and '90s) was purchased in 2017 by a joint venture between Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE Global) and AEG Presents, which previously purchased Bowery Presents. The group also runs such venues as Barclays Center and Terminal 5. The sale was estimated to be about $35 million (renovations cost well over $10 million as well). Much of the old space has been preserved, but there is a revamped entryway (with three doors now); the Marlin Room, formerly its own tiny venue inside Webster, has been turned into a lounge; and there are new bathrooms and upgraded acoustics.
It all goes down Friday, April 26th.