Recording studio used by David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen shuts down
New York’s famous Power Station recording studio has shut down.
The station was used in many classic albums over the years and now the future of the studio is uncertain.
Variety said that it was reportedly purchased by Berklee College of Music.
The studio was formally known as Avatar Studios and was a power plant before producer Tony Bongiovi and Bob Walters turned it into a recording studio in 1977.
Since then, some of music’s biggest names have recorded there — including Bruce Springsteen (Born in the U.S.A. was made at Power Station), David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Bob Dylan (Infidels) and Bon Jovi.
Berklee’s purchase price is reportedly somewhere between $23 million and $28 million.
“It is unclear as of yet what the Boston-based Berklee plans to do with the space, but word is that, after significant upgrades, it will remain dedicated to music in some form,” Variety notes.
“The hope is that it will be available to artists wishing to rent the rooms, in addition to Berklee students. It may also serve the Broadway community as a place to record cast albums, says a source.”
In addition to all of the classic records made at the Power Station over the years (Elton John, Billy Joel and Peter Gabriel also recorded there), Jon Bon Jovi reportedly swept the floors there before his big break and recorded a song for a Star Wars Christmas album in 1980.
The short-lived ’80s supergroup the Power Station which included singer Robert Palmer and members of Duran Duran took their name from the studio.