Monday, October 09, 2006

Save the last dance for me

This is just sad:

For fans of CBGB, "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" is no longer just the title of a tune by the Ramones.

A performance by punk pioneer and CBGB alumna Patti Smith next Sunday will be the final show at the legendary lower East Side music club before the doors close for good on Oct. 31.

The club is exiting stage left after 32 years, a victim of a rent dispute with the space's landlord, the Bowery Residents' Committee, a not-for-profit homeless services agency.

And in the club's waning days, generations of fans are making their final pilgrimages to what some called "the music institution" at 315 Bowery.

Here's the wikipedia:
CBGB (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues) is a legendary music club located at 315 Bowery in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1972, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became legendary as a forum for American punk and punk-influenced bands like The Ramones, Television, Blondie, and the Talking Heads. The club will close following its final concert by Patti Smith on October 31, 2006.