asbury park convention hall

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asbury park convention hall
1300 ocean ave
asbury park, new jersey 07712

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Built between 1928 and 1930, the Asbury Park Convention Hall is a 3,600 seat theater that has had many rock and roll performances throughout the years.

On June 30, 1956, a concert by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers ended early when a fistfight turned into a riot where three people were stabbed. The mayor threatened a city-wide ban on rock and roll (kinda like Footloose) that never materialized.

Led Zeppelin played Convention Hall the evening of August 16, 1969, after their manager, Peter Grant, rejected an invitation to Woodstock.

Bruce Springsteen has rehearsed for many tours here (Reunion, Rising, Vote for Change, Seeger Sessions, Magic and Working on a Dream tours) and often gives rehearsal performances to the public.

The sign on the top of Convention Hall now reads "Greetings from Asbury Park", in reference to Springsteen's 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

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