NYC nightlife impresario Peter Gatien —who was behind legendary ‘90s clubs Limelight, Palladium, Club USA and Tunnel — has revealed his wildest moments with celebs from Johnny Depp to Mick Jagger in a new memoir, “The Club King.”
“For reasons known only to him, Tupac Shakur once appeared outside Palladium and began to shoot up the club’s marquee,” Gatien, who ran a popular Sunday hip hop night, writes. “We had to get the mercurial rap star bundled off and away from the scene before the cops showed.”
Adding, “That incident happened around the same time that Johnny Depp came into Club USA to research his role for ‘Donnie Brasco,’ bringing along a crew of street guys who were helping him get in character. True to form, his mob people and my security personnel got into a brawl over entry into the VIP room.”
Gatien also recounts another wild incident when a clubber “approached Mike Tyson in Tunnel’s main room, took a beer out of the heavyweight champ’s hand, and deliberately slopped the liquid” on the champ’s shoes. “The outrageous move instantly snapped my security people into high alert, and nearby spectators froze… Luckily, Tyson laughed his high-pitched giggle and strolled away.”
Of Prince, Gatien writes, “His Purple Majesty fell head over platform heels for a bartender by the name of Raven,” who was rushed to whichever of Gatien’s clubs the pop icon showed up at to wait on him.
Also making the rounds at Gatien’s locations were Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Madonna and Jagger. “There was a bathroom off the hallway near the Limelight VIP room with a sliding glass door, and as I passed by one night, a hand reached out and a voice called, ‘Have a paper square, mate?’” Gatien writes. “I went to the supply closet and returned with a roll of toilet paper, handing it in to my longtime idol Mick Jagger, sitting regally unembarrassed atop the porcelain throne.”
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