The famed club is closing following unsuccessful rent negotiations with its landlord. News of its demise has prompted worldwide press coverage and sparked several campaigns to save the musical landmark. Tickets to the October 15 final show with Smith were sold out in 8 minutes, according to CBGB’s founder and owner, Hilly Kristal.
Tonight is the second of three nights featuring performances by the reunited Bad Brains. The pioneering punk act will be joined by the Bouncing Souls this evening. The Talking Heads get a tribute show on Thursday, followed by the Dictators on Friday and Saturday. Saturday will also feature an acoustic performance by Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.
As previously reported CBGB will relocate to Las Vegas in the near future, but whether that venture captures the spirit of the original remains to be seen. CBGB opened in December of 1973, and was a crucial part of the scene that gave birth to the Ramones, Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Blondie, the Talking Heads and many others.