8. Beacon Theatre in New York
Perfect sound and gorgeous art-deco design have made this venue on Manhattan's Upper West Side a favorite destination for stars like the Allman Brothers Band and the Stones – Martin Scorsese filmed their Shine a Light shows here. "Where else can you see a black gospel play starring Morris Chestnut one night and Louis C.K. the next?" asks Talib Kweli. Dennis Arfa, agent for Billy Joel and Metallica, says Madison Square Garden and L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl are the only other venues that can do huge sales based on location alone.
Fun Fact: After one Beacon rehearsal in 1995 for an HBO concert that was supposed to reach 250 million people worldwide, Michael Jackson abruptly canceled due to illness.