Saturday, October 14, 2006

CBGB's stage to go dark

After 33 years of doing business in the Bowery, the legendary punk nightclub CBGB will close its doors after this weekend. In the mid-'70s CBGB helped launch the careers of bands such as the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie.
The club's finale, its last two shows, feature its biggest female stars from its salad days: Deborah Harry (pictured left, in the day) plays on Saturday night; on Sunday Patti Smith will bring down the final curtain. Reuters reports:

"The upcoming closure of New York’s famed punk-rock club CBGB is lamented by locals as the loss of a legendary venue; for others it symbolizes another Manhattan neighborhood becoming corporate and bland. Standing underneath the club’s red awning on Thursday evening, several young musicians smoked cigarettes and bemoaned the loss of the dank, grimy club that began in 1973 and will have its last show on Sunday, featuring Patti Smith.

Update (Reuters): "Deborah Harry plays last gig at CBGB."

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