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Set for release on June 7, 2022, Steve Adelman’s humorous and engaging memoir Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs 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 late 1980s and 1990s, followed by Avalon (Boston, Hollywood, NYC and Singapore locations), Spider Club and the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis in the 2000s. This summer look for Adelman to support Nocturnal Admissions as he will embark on a tour that will bring him to Boston, NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more where he will discuss his writings and sign copies of the book. Pre-order is available now on Amazon here.
The tour kicks off June 17 at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, coinciding with the return of Adelman’s iconic nightlife brand Avaland, celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Combining over-the-top production, innovative décors and the world’s top DJs, the fete will feature legendary DJ Danny Tenaglia with the theme “Make America Gyrate Again”, and will take place at 15 Lansdowne Street, the location of the original Avalon, which is now home to House of Blues
Confirmed tour dates are as follows, with more dates to be announced:

June 17 Brookline Booksmith - Boston
June 23 Strand - New York City
July 5 New Buffalo Township Library - New Buffalo, MI
July 7 Hoyt Library - Saginaw, MI
July 12 Book Cellar - Chicago
August 18 Book Soup - Los Angeles

Who’s Saying What About Nocturnal Admissions:

“A world ‘unbound by the restrictions... of daytime responsibilities’ comes to exuberant life in Adelman’s debut, a chronicling of his decades-long tenure in the nightclub scene. Determined to one day recreate his own version of “Ricky’s Tropicana Club” in I Love Lucy, Adelman left his childhood home in Michigan’s suburbs for N.Y.C. in the mid-1980s. By the early ’90s, he was the 30-something director of five of Manhattan’s largest nightclubs, including the legendary Roxy and the Limelight; in the next 10 years, he’d open clubs in Boston, Hollywood, and Singapore. In stories that pulsate like an EDM track, Adelman gives readers VIP access to that glitzy bygone era’s swirling parties littered with drugs and alcohol. Along the way, he details the ‘controlled process’ of maniacal publicity stunts—fueled by the fascinating symbiotic relationship of celebrities and club promoters who manipulated the press—and offers an entertaining who’s who of club-going stars, from RuPaul to a ‘recently divorced’ Donald Trump, who’d ‘turn up with a young model type, then call it in himself to the tabloids.’ While the New York club scene crumbled under city crackdowns throughout the aughts, Adelman concludes on an optimistic note, claiming that a new golden age of nightlife—'the perfect storm of pent-up demand meeting a changing society’—is approaching. Partygoers will be dazzled.” – Publishers Weekly

“With his 30 years of experience running the world's biggest nightclubs, Steve Adelman takes you behind the velvet rope to a world of celebrity, power, debauchery, and, most of all, fun. With his dishy yarns and observational humor, he transports you so you're right there basking under the lights of a disco ball with him.”—Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast

“Electronic music in America in the early 2000’s went through a renaissance period, with parties and rave events selling out every single weekend. People would come to these club shows in droves, hinting at a sign that there was an eventual EDM boom looming about a decade later. During this time, I was performing often at renowned venue Avalon in both Los Angeles and Boston, run by industry legend Steve Adelman. The production, energy, and overall vibe when I played there was, and still is to this day, absolutely unmatched. A pioneering force in the music landscape, Avalon consistently helped foster and maintain the local electronic music community’s passion for the genre in both locations, a highly impressive feat that I’m immensely grateful for even now.” - Sander van Doorn, DJ and record producer

“Nocturnal Admissions chronicles a great time to be alive. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, American nightlife got a second wind and in the thick of it was Steve Adelman with clubs in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Playing for Steve at the Avalon clubs in Boston and L.A. was always one of the highlights on a stateside tour for me, with sold-out nights and lines around the block. Steve’s clubs set the standard for the events that take place now.”—John Digweed, DJ and record producer

"For three decades Adelman has been a nightlife innovator at the highest level. Whether it be mega-clubs in NYC or dance clubs in Boston and Hollywood, he has set the trend for others to follow. Nocturnal Admissions goes behind the scenes into his world and feels like a funhouse where you can't help but anticipate what's around the corner.”—Jodi Goodman, president, Live Nation Entertainment, Northern California

“The world after dark I’ve photographed for over four decades is a place unique to our culture. One where its inhabitants are free to be themselves, without restriction, societal standing or sexual orientation. Nocturnal Admissions captures the humor, commonality and lessons learned from the crazy, fun, glamorous, at times outrageous, ever-changing and essential gathering place we call nightlife.”
—Patrick McMullan, celebrity photographer

“Electronic dance music culture has blossomed and transformed over the years, but its mythos runs through Steve and his seminal contributions to nightlife. Even in the aftermath of 9/11 and the throes of a devastating pandemic, he has proven that the bonds cultivated in clubs are vital for human nature. If the past can speak to the future, Adelman’s work is the cell tower. And Nocturnal Admissions is the carrier.”
—Jason Heffler,

“An insightful love letter to a magical era in nightclubbing history. If you were lucky enough to be there, you will bubble over with nostalgia, and if you weren't, you will be inspired to start on your own nightlife journey.”
—David Ireland, founder, Magnetic Magazine

“While reading Nocturnal Admissions, I laughed, I cried, but mostly I hoped…that someday Steve would get a real job.”—Myrna Adelman, Steve’s mom

"Steve Adelman is a master at creating spectacular nocturnal playgrounds, many of which I was fortunate to be a part of. However, In Nocturnal Admissions, it becomes clear that his talent for creating captivating environments extends beyond the world of nightlife and into his wonderful gift of storytelling. Steve is a keen observer of culture and deftly injects his personal adventures with insightful political, societal and historical context. In Nocturnal Admissions, Steve brilliantly captures one of the most exciting periods in contemporary music history in a way that is personal, humorous and thoroughly engaging."
—Christopher Lawrence, DJ and music producer

Past Praise for Steve Adelman and His Nightclubs:

“Adelman sets the scene, from Old World clubs to hipsters.”—The New York Times
“’Excitement’ is a word to describe Adelman's clubs.”—Variety
“A Hollywood innovator.”—Los Angeles Times
“The game is played at different levels and Adelman is in the big leagues.”—Inc.
“Adelman creates a sense of dazzle and delight.”—The Boston Globe


Widely 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.
Interviews of the author and articles related to his clubs and community involvement have appeared in numerous publications and can be seen at

May 24, 2022 5:56pm ET by Falcon Publicity  

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