Smith Plays Farewell Cgbg Gig
LATEST: Veteran rocker Patti Smith played an emotional last gig at New York punk mecca CBGB last night (15OCT06), insisting the venue in which she was discovered will always be in her heart. The GLORIA star performed alongside her longtime guitarist LENNY KAYE in a set which included a cover version of DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO? by the Ramones. She said, "We can have CBGB in our hearts, but the new generation is going to have their own places to play. "They're going to find some s**t hole and play in it like we did." On Saturday (14OCT06) Blondie stars Debbie Harry and Chris Stein performed the penultimate gig at the legendary club, calling the venue's closure "terrible". CBGB boss Hilly Kristal, who lost his lease last year (05), is moving the club to Las Vegas, Nevada. It is expected to open in spring 2008. The venue hosted the New York punk revolution in the mid-to-late 1970s, staging regular shows for Smith, the Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads, among others.