The legendary New York City rock club The Bottom Line has definitely closed it doors on January 22.
The Bottom Line has had a great reputation to help to launch careers as for example Bruce Springsteen's one in the 70s. With a 400 capacity venue, major Jazz, Rock and Blues artists have played there during three decades.
A lot of radioshows have been broadcasted there as well some live albums have been recorded there too. Remember the great Patti Austin "Live At The Bottom Line" LP (1979 - available on CD on Sony Music).
"After almost thirty years of bringing a wide variety of exciting and innovative artists to the stage at the corner of West 4th and Mercer, The Bottom Line will be closing its doors for the last time today.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our extraordinary friends and supporters who have rallied around us during these difficult last six months: our incredible staff who are like family, the wonderful musicians who have vowed not to let our legacy be forgotten, and the kindness of strangers who created websites, wrote letters, signed petitions, sent gifts, bought T-shirts and came to the club to show their support.
Most of all, we want to thank our families for making a very painful and surreal experience a bit more bearable. We would not have been able to get through this without your love and support.
When we opened The Bottom Line on February 12, 1974, our goal was to create a Music Room not a jazz, rock or folk club but a venue where many different genres could find an audience. The Bottom Line has always been about the music, and we find fulfillment in knowing that we have stayed the course and remained true to our vision.
We hope that The Bottom Line has meant something in your lives, and it has given you as much joy as it has for us in presenting the extraordinary artists that have performed on our stage. We take enormous pleasure in knowing that over the last thirty years we have increased the world's potential for music.
Allan and Stanley
January 22, 2004"
Some of those who have been in concert at The Bottom Line:
Tom Scott, Steve Goodman, John Hall, Randy Meisner, Carl Wilson, Robert Kraft, Carole Bayer Sager, Jackson Browne, Janis Ian, Jim Photoglo, Sadao Watanabe, George Benson, Rita Coolidge, Don McLean, Nicolette Larson, Michael Franks, Poco, Lee Ritenour, Lowell George, Dire Straits, Jack Tempchin, Tower Of Power, Karla Bonoff, J.D. Souther, Hall and Oates, Dr. Hook, Alessi, Richie Furay, Rupert Holmes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, Benny Mardones, Little River Band, Wendy Waldman, Larry Carlton, Bill Champlin, Crawler, Andrew Gold, Tom Petty, Fyling Burrito Brothers, Parker McGee, George Duke, Toby Beau, Eddie Money, Valerie Carter, Artie Traum, Billy Paul, Gino Vannelli, Kenny Rankin, Billy Joel, Eric Carmen, Peter Allen, Peter Frampton, Livingston Taylor, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Bruce Springsteen, Leo Sayer, Melissa Manchester, James Newton Howard, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, Paul Davis, Danny O'Keefe, Larry Lee, Al Jarreau, Patti Smith, Barry Manilow, Kansas, Richard Torrance, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Average White Band, Orleans.