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Palladium: Around for another year

News from the Historical Commission hearing, via the T&G’s Steven H. Foskett Jr:

In case that was confusing, the Hist. Commission denied the Palladium’s app for a demo delay waiver. Must wait at least 1 year.



It’s easy to identify what we don’t want, but Worcester isn’t Sim City, and it’s a bit harder to execute the perfect plan when we’re talking about serious money. But here’s hoping that a year’s demolition delay will get us a bit closer to that perfect plan.

More T&G:

After the hearing, Mr. Fischer said the Palladium will continue to operate for at least the next year. He said the taxes have been paid, and he and his partner, John Sousa, are awaiting a decision on their tax abatement filing. He said there is a 50-50 chance the theater will survive beyond the delay period.

Palladium worries

The rumors are coming closer to reality. The T&G reports the owners of Worcester’s metal palace, the Palladium, “have asked the Worcester Historical Commission to grant a waiver that would allow them to raze the landmark four-story building” soon in response to a tax increase on the property.

The Palladium, at 255 Main St., is not on the National Register of Historic Places. Officials said it is on the list put together by the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System of structures considered to be historically or architecturally significant.

The city Historical Commission has scheduled a hearing on the Palladium matter on July 26. The owners said they are eligible for a waiver because the building now poses an “economic hardship,” a criterion allowing for demolition.

The Palladium website says:

Despite false rumors of The Palladium closing we are open and have no plans to close our doors. Yes Taxes are up 200% but our landlord is appealing. While the tax and rent increase will put us in a difficult position financially we will do our best to make things work while the tax appeal process plays out. We have been blown away by the groundswell of support we have received and want to thank everyone for reaching out. We will continue to bring great live music to Worcester so please check our events page for up coming shows and follow us on twitter

MASSter List has an elegant summary:

HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT: Worcester could soon wake up to the Day the Metal died. There’s got to be some kind of ancient scroll that curses anyone who dares tear down the Palladium to be haunted by Ronnie James Dio’s majestic ghost. (Actually, being haunted by Dio would be awesome. These guys will be damned to eternal juggalo gatherings or something.)

Photo: Juggalos in Worcester, by Mike Benedetti

Juggalos on Main St.


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at the Palladium tonight. Had the nicest talk with “Black Jesus” about being misunderstood as a person and as a Juggalo.

“Next Big Thing” at the Palladium, Dec 4

Curious to hear Worcester’s up-and-coming punk/metal/rock bands? They’ll be emerging from the city’s basements this Saturday, December 4, to play an 11-hour, $15 festival at the Palladium called Next Big Thing.


I was alerted to this show by some young friends-of-the-blog whose screamo band “Friends of Foes” is on the lineup. This is one of those concerts where the bands are supposed to sell tickets to their friends, so if you need one you can buy one from these young men: Matt Costa, Jonathan Gateley, Joe Hart, Gabe Cane, Aiden Duffy (, or Asa Needle.

The Snow Ghost and I look forward to seeing you there.