It’s one of the most iconic venues in the world.
Madison Square Garden hasn’t, however, always been at its current location at number 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in New York City.
There were three incarnations of the venue, but it’s the current one that’s considered the “World’s Most Famous Arena”, mainly as it’s smack-bang in the middle of Manhattan.
According to NY Facts, here’s a few things we didn’t know about it:
- Elvis Presley made entertainment history in 1972 by becoming the first entertainer to sell-out four consecutive shows.
- During Judas Priest’s 1984 tour performance, the audience ripped apart the foam seats and threw them onstage, causing over a quarter of a million dollars in damage to the venue. The group were banned from performing there again.
- John Lennon’s final concert appearance was at Madison Square Garden, just before his murder in 1980.
- Sir Elton John has played 62 concerts at the MSG, more than any other artist.
- On December 12, 2012, Madison Square Garden hosted a concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Performers included Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney. The concert lasted over 5 1/2 hours and was broadcast live. It raised over $50 million to help hurricane victims.
Check out these amazing photos from the vault:
November 1966: Construction work in progress on the (now current) Madison Square Garden arena
February 1968: Wide-angle shot of interior of the new Madison Square Garden with boxers Buster Mathis (left) & Joe Frazier.
June 1972: Elvis Presley during Elvis Performing in Concert at Madison Square Garden
March 1955: Circus hands help film star Marilyn Monroe onto the back of a pink elephant to mark the opening night of the Ringling Brothers Circus.
October 1954: Cowboys during a rodeo in Madison Square Garden. The photo was take as part of a shoot for Sports Illustrated.
March 1971: Boxer Muhammad Ali steps away from a punch thrown by boxer Joe Frazier during their heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden. Frazier became the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world by winning a unanimous 15-round decision.
May 1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy for his upcoming 45th birthday.
July 1972: The Rolling Stones
January 1977: John Deacon, Freddie Mercury & Brian May perform as Queen on stage
November 1969: The Rolling Stones in the concert that was recorded and later released as the live album “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” and also as part of the film “Gimme Shelter”
July 2018: Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen perform 10th Avenue, Freeze Out and Born to Run together at the 100th Lifetime Performance.