After serving as Albany’s heart for the punk and hard rock scene since the ’90s, the Fuze Box has been listed for sale according to Spotlight News. For a mere $244,900, the 2,400-square-foot venue is ready to be bought according to the building’s real estate agency NAIPlatform.
A popular spot over the recent years for those looking to get their ’80s pop dance fix, it also served as the preferred venue for hard rock artists from around the Capital Region. The Fuze Box was known during the ’80s and ’90s as QE2 and was often a frequent jaunt live performances. The Red Hot Chili Peppers even performed in the cramped space a few years before the release of Blood Sugar Sex Magik shot them to superstardom.
Fans voiced their concern on the venue’s Facebook after the pandemic forced them to shut down, leaving the Box dark since March. A post on their social media page announced the closure with no clue to when there would be dancing occurring on the checkered dance floor again.
The Fuze Box weathered the riot that rocked the Central Avenue area of Albany where it is located. Despite concern from locals over the venues condition afterwards, the building remained intact. Silenced ensued from ownership even as neighboring restaurants were given the go ahead to reopen last month. Then the retail sale sign was posted last week.
The 75-year-old Art Deco building is practically a blank slate for the right buyer. The venue has been approved for multiple zonings by the City of Albany which would allow for artisanal manufacturing, cafes, galleries, restaurants, a dayare and much more according to NAIPlatform.
“Albany is probably [my] second favorite city I’ve played in behind Detroit in my 15-plus-year DJ career,” wrote William Dice Willard on FuzeBox’s Facebook page. “Such a vibe up there!”
All of which are far flung from where the building got its start. Advertising for White Tower Burgers that still graces the front of the building giving ode to the early ’50s hamburger chain it was. The restaurant existed into the ’70s according to an online article published last year by Albany Historian Matt Malette. Remaining vacant until 1986, it was bought by purchasers Charlene and Dave Shortsleeve, who turned it into the QE2 Club. And a club it has remained since then.