And that’s not just figurative. If you’re in the crowd, you can literally (respectfully, please) touch some of rock’s most famous musicians as they walk by. No matter who they are or how many of their records have gone gold, the band must part its audience to get to the stage. Artists use the front door and walk by the bar just like everybody else, and at any moment they may be a hair’s breadth away. “Many times I have been the person leading the band to the stage, and it's amazing to watch people's faces light up,” Shepherd says. “Of course, getting back out of the room is really hard.”
Until you go there yourself, you probably can’t fully understand the magic of this incredible venue. But to give you an idea, here is a short round-up of the most epic shows ever played at Saint Vitus:
Nirvana’s Hall of Fame After-Party
Saint Vitus has hosted its fair share of secret shows -- the most notable being a tribute to Nirvana featuring original members of the iconic band (yes, including the one and only Dave Grohl) and an all-star roster of guest vocalists, including Joan Jett, J. Mascis, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, and John McCauly of Deer Tick. The performance immediately followed Nirvana’s 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and was dubbed “one of the most amazing after-parties in the history of New York City” by Rolling Stone.