Gemini Rock Ballroom New York Super Soft Unisex Concert T-Shirt

Gemini Rock Ballroom New York Super Soft Unisex Concert T-Shirt

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I believe it was the winter of 1978. A bitter cold night and at least a foot of snow predicted on the ground. As my high school friend navigated her parents’ boat-like El Dorado along Route 35, fishtailing into every gentle curve, we held our breath and kept our fingers crossed. Would there be a show? We had called and a guy who answered said there had been no cancellation because the band had arrived early before the blizzard, but if nobody showed up, they might cancel. The first solo album by David Johansen, former New York Dolls front man, had already been on my turntable nonstop for a few months. It was my favorite album of the moment and I had been a huge Dolls fan. It was surreal to think that he and his band would actually at the Triangle, the shopping center where I went to the movies and my mother shopped for groceries. David Johansen? In Yorktown? That was the magic of the Gemini II Rock Ballroom. It brought in people that we read about in magazines like Hit Parader, Creem and Circus. Tucked away in the back corner of the shopping center, you would never have found it if you weren’t looking for it. We arrived at the front door in the middle of the blizzard, shook the snow off of our jackets, flashed our fake IDs, and we were in. There could not have been more than 30 people there, but over in the back of the dark club I could see Johansen in the flesh playing a pinball machine while the rest of his black-clad bandmates stood around watching, drinking and smoking cigarettes. Despite the small crowd that night, Johansen and company tore the place up as if they were playing to a packed Palladium on 14th Street in the City. That was my first night at the Gemini. Over the years until I graduated from high school, I would see literally dozens of shows there. Name performers like Rick Derringer, Johnny Winter and others along with local legends like Richie Scarlet, Bonnie Parker, Southern Cross, Rat Race Choir, Crystal Ship and a bunch of painted Long Island loudmouths called Twisted Sister. I would also go to places in New York City like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, but nothing ever felt as special as the Gemini. It was the place in your own backyard where could watch rock ‘n’ roll right up front, hang out with friends and actually feel like you belonged. I’ve been back there over the years and I think the building is just part of some office space now. No sign or marker or anything. But I’ll never forget pulling up that first night, snow coming down in the lights and the guy at the door who probably knew those IDs were fake. Didn’t matter though. He realized we had made the trek on a dangerous driving night to be there for the music.

*Our tees run slightly small. If you prefer a form fitted tee they are perfect. If you prefer a looser fit order up a size.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

Size guide

  XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30