Turns out Maxwell's isn't completely shut down after all: Justin Timberlake last night shot a Target commercial in the shuttered rock club in Hoboken, New Jersey. "Join me & @Target tonight for just one song. Let's 'Take Back the Night.' First 150 get in. See you there!" Timberlake tweeted just after 7:30 p.m. yesterday, linking to a photo of Maxwell's and Target accoutrement.
Many more than 150 people showed up: The Jersey Journal reports that thousands of fans gathered around Maxwell's, which closed after hosting a final show on July 31st. Police tried in vain to keep the streets clear before Timberlake finished the shoot, reportedly around 9 p.m.
Timberlake isn't the first to film at Maxwell's: Bruce Springsteen shot part of the video for "Glory Days" at the club, and Jonathan Demme directed the Feelies' video for "Away" there.
Yo La Tengo, a Maxwell's mainstay for decades with a string of annual Hanukkah shows, helpfully offered Timberlake smart-aleck tips on Twitter about the club. "Hanukkah was like nine months ago, stupid," read one, while another said, "There are milk crates downstairs if you need to use one." A third tweet made reference to the always-dire parking situation around the club: "Your car just got booted while you were onstage."Justin Timberlake Re-Opens Maxwell's for One Song
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