Steve Adelman’s humorous and engaging memoir Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs (Santa Monica Press) reflects on his years as the director and owner of some of the world’s most popular nightclubs, including the Roxy, Limelight, Tunnel, and Palladium in the heyday of clubs in New York City during the 1980s and 1990s, followed by Avalon (Boston, Hollywood, NYC and Singapore locations), Spider Club and the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis in the 2000s. Set for release June 7, 2022, Nocturnal Admissions is a timely, unconventional look at one of pop culture’s most outwardly glamorous, yet misunderstood industries, bringing the reader backstage into the world of nightlife at its highest level. Pre-order is available now on Amazon here.
Wearing the multiple hats of ringmaster, entrepreneur, guidance counselor, multimillion-dollar dealmaker, and music soothsayer, Adelman chronicles an improbable journey from small town to big city, filled with a cast of characters he could never have imagined: People named Hedda Lettuce, Jenetalia, Maxi Min and Jiggy who collide with and around the likes of Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, RuPaul, Rudy Giuliani and Snoop Dogg, among many others.
Navigating city crackdowns, crazed partners, and cultural differences, Adelman relates how he watched his Nana out-dance an ex-NFL lineman, was chastised by Bob Dylan, launched the EDM musical movement, helped created the “mash up” with Perry Farrell, butted heads with Jerry Falwell, rang in the New Year with Matt Damon’s mother, leveraged porn star Jenna Jameson, relied on advice from felons, almost pancaked Prince, and built the world’s most lavish nightclub.
Nocturnal Admissions is a hilarious, adrenaline-filled ride through the peak decades of the world’s most famous nightclubs and nightlife scenes through recent decades. Alongside its intriguing tales, Adelman has tapped some of the best nightlife photographers including Rukes, Tina Paul and Alexis DiBiaso and curated unique artwork from various events for images that appear throughout the book.
Recognized as the cofounder of the Avalon nightclub brand, Steve Adelman has earned a reputation for combining creativity and bottom-line economics into acclaimed projects worldwide. In the early 1990s, Adelman moved to New York City to open the Roxy, serving as its director.
Only two years later he was tabbed as director of the iconic Limelight and within three years had expanded his role to include New York City’s four largest nightclubs, including the Tunnel and Palladium. In 1997, Adelman returned to Boston to launch Avalon on famed Lansdowne Street, which quickly became a national success. Over the next four years, he led a team to develop six venues on the famed street, turning it into the ultimate one-stop entertainment destination.
In 2002, Adelman purchased the Palace Theatre in Hollywood and Limelight in New York City, the same venue he directed ten years earlier. After one year and $6 million in construction and renovations, he launched Avalon on both coasts, along with the ultra-exclusive Spider Club. This “club within a club” became the ultimate celebrity haunt and along with Avalon became one of the country’s most sought-after Nightlife experiences.
Always striving to be one step ahead and break new ground, he expanded his focus to Singapore, opening Avalon as part of the Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino, becoming the first American-entertainment brand of its kind in Asia. Returning to the States, Adelman set his sights on renowned Beale Street in Memphis, restoring the historic New Daisy Theatre.