Bye Bye CBGB

Published: 2005-09-03
The clock has run out on the birthplace of punk rock. The famed club CBGB's lease on their New York City location ran out as of Midnight on August 31.

When Hilly Kristal opened CBGB in December of 1973, the name actually stood for country bluegrass and blues. In the 70's it became a hotspot for punk pioneers like Blondie, The Talking Heads and The Ramones whose new sounds weren't welcome at more popular rock clubs of the time. With newer punk-pop bands like, Good Charlotte and Green Day saturating the current music scene, CBGB became hailed as the birthplace of punk rock.

In a last ditch effort to save the historic club Steve Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E-Street band organized a musical rally yesterday in Washington Square. Artists such as The Chesterfield Kings, Gavin Rossdale and Blondie all lent their voices to the effort the protesters called "CBGB Forever".

Currently the Bowery Residence Committee, who houses homeless people above the club, owns the land that CBGB stands on. And despite all the noise being made by those attempting to save the club, the two sides haven't talked in weeks and no last minute meetings have been announced.

Even if the iconic club has closed its doors for good at least the place went out singing.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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