10.15.2006

end

More than a year ago, I blogged about the impending demise of CBGB, the seminal punk club in New York City's East Village. It was no surprise that it was closing; the wonder was it had survived that long. The club's owner, the one and only Hilly Kristal, wasn't in mourning. "You want old stuff?" he said. "Go to Europe."

And now, the end is here. Tonight is CBGB's last night. Patti Smith will grace the stage one last time. I saw her play CBGB in 1970-something, my first time in a New York club, and was instantly smitten.

After this last show, Kristal will pack up everything movable, and cart it all to Las Vegas, where he plans to set up shop anew. Las Vegas. Think of it.

AP story, via the Toronto Star, here.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

There you are. I forgot to update the bloglines subscription and was thinking that Laura had not been blogging much lately.

Now the link has been updated, but it does not appear to work with bloglines, and I don't know why. This is still blogger, right?

L-girl said...

David, see this post. Bloglines readers tell me it works.

Can't chat now, I'm at work and it's very busy. Later!

Anonymous said...

Hey it works!

doug said...

yes I read that article about the Ramones etc. and thought it sounded like a interesting place like the El Mocambo here in Toronto that also hit the skids....the only thing I found peculiar in the article is the owner going to Las Vegas that seemed to go against all the principles of the club, interesting especially the owner is what 72 or something, why not just re-locate in New York as there doesn't seem to be the scene for that type of club in Vegas unless it goes all glitz, and glitter...I've ben in Vegas and it is what it is, but this club will have to re-invent itself to survive there, but as I said that goes against all it's principles in my eyes....

L-girl said...

I think that's Hilly Kristal's odd sense of humour.

There's no way to relocate CBGB in New York. And there'll be no way to replicate anywhere else. I think he just wants to do something completely outlandish, and utterly anti-punk. I don't think it's meant to be taken seriously.

CBGB was a world onto itself. It was the birth of a movement. A unique place in rock history.

doug said...

yea i got the impression he was a character along the lines of Bill Veeck...taking the urinals right off the walls, thought that was funny...u never know Vegas might need a place like that especially the permanent residents...

Diamond Jim said...

Don't forget that Vegas has its own mini-version of New York. I would expect Hilly to move CBGB to "New York, New York." When Anthony Bourdain did his Las Vegas show, he stood there and said something like "the terrible thing is that my city is becoming more like this." I think he was even wearing his CBGB or Ramones t-shirt. If only he knew.