Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Don Hill, Owner of Famed West SoHo Rock Club, Passes Away


Word is just getting out that Don Hill, who ran his self-named famed rock club on Spring St. for almost twenty years, died today. There’s a memorial at midnight, 12 am Friday. No official word has come out yet but everyone from Moby to Bebe Buell is spreading the news with great sadness. Don was somewhere, I’d guess, between 65 and 75. He was ageless, though. With the end of CBGB and the Bottom Line and dozens of other clubs, Don Hill’s was the last original rock club. Recently Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny bought in and spruced the place up, but it was still Don Hill’s. All the great and legendary restaurateurs and club owners, from Elaine Kaufman to Don Hill, are disappearing now. We are at the end of not just an era, but maybe an eon. Rock on, Don.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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