by Terry Rosenfield-Richards
- Howard Stein Manhattan nightclub owner that started Xenon’s.
My Cousin and Legendary Rock Promoter and New York Night Club Owner Howard Stein who passed on October 05, 2007 at age 62. Howard was the most famous person in our Family. I am related to Howard by way of my Grandmother Molly Stein (my Mother’s Mother) whose Brother Benny Stein was my great Uncle and Howard’s Grandfather. Howard’s Daughter Taylor Stein currently lives in Los Angeles/Bel Air about a 20-minute ride from where I currently reside…
New York nightlife entrepreneur Howard Stein, notable for his early ’80s spots Xenon (pictured), Rock Lounge, and Au Bar, died Wednesday of kidney cancer. He was 62. The son of loan shark Ruby Stein, who was murdered by the Westies and dumped headless into Jamaica Bay, native New Yorker Stein started his career as a rock-concert promoter, but left that scene for the world of discos and nightclubs when he tired of the music industry and its annoying rock stars. “I remember Cat Stevens telling me he wasn’t coming onstage because the crabs on his backstage menu weren’t Alaskan king crabs,” he told Anthony Haden-Guest. But we can’t imagine disco divas were any less annoying. “My father was an incredible man and a pioneer. He will be greatly missed by us all,” said his daughter, Taylor. (NY Post; Stein photo: Jennifer Weisbord).
Ironically, in about 1972 I had worked at one of Howard’s partnered concerts taking tickets at the gate at a Miami convert via my friend Holt Chater who was friends with Leas Campbell another Rock Concert Promoter in the Miami area who partnered with my Cousin Howard in some of his concerts… Leas was married to Holt’s ex-girlfriend Jeanne with whom Holt had remained good friends. In a 40th Birthday Party tribute to Holt in 1975 which I had coordinated with Holt’s Mother while I was roommates with Holt and which Jeanne and Leas attended, when I told Leas that his partner Howard was my cousin he did not believe me for some reason, and even stated “it must be another Howard Stein from New York who is your cousin, not this one”… It was no big deal that Leas did not believe but this was the kind of pretentious personality that Lease unfortunately had… Holt went to work for Leas Campbell not long after his Birthday Party due to financial problems but then eventually started his own business “Holt Chater & Associates”…