Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
The Pollstar list of the world's busiest clubs is packed with legends -- including Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, Minneapolis' First Avenue, as well as Manhattan's Terminal 5, Webster Hall and Best Buy Theater.
This year, the Paramount seems set to join those ranks. According to the figures for the first half of 2013, the Huntington club ranks 24th in the world, selling more than 50,000 tickets in that time frame.
"The venue's rapid climb in Pollstar's international rankings and the fact that performers continue to return, tell us we're on the right track," says Stephen Ubertini, co-owner of the Paramount. "It is always a great moment to hear such world-famous artists like Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty say 'this is one of the most amazing venues I have ever played,' or Don Henley of The Eagles telling us, 'I am blown away by the energy of the room.' This is why we work so hard to make the experience so special -- for the musicians and for their fans."
Since opening Sept. 30, 2011, the club has hosted stars ranging from Henley to B.B. King, from The Wanted to The Blues Brothers, as well as the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala. It also gives Long Island natives like Pat Benatar and Taking Back Sunday a place to play when they come back to the area.
"Our mission from Day 1 at the Paramount has been to create an enjoyable concert experience," says Brian Doyle, another Paramount co-owner. "From the moment you walk through the doors, you are transported to another world as the energy of the room gives every concertgoer the feeling that they are in for an amazing show."
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