Posted in music | pictures | venues | video on April 18, 2008

Reverend Billy & friends outside CBGB last night - April 17, 2008 (jeremoss)
Reverand Billy & friends outside CBGB

Reverend Billy joined Rebecca Moore & friends at a planned protest outside a party happening inside the new John Varvatos store which happens to be inside the former home of CBGB. George Bush calls Reverend Billy's visit to the Bowery "unbelievable", "a special moment"....

Read more about the protest at Jeremiah's Vanishing New York.

This of course didn't stop Slash.

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Comments (23)

Doesn't look so much like a protest...there are what 6 people there?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:32 PM

these guys have a big weekend...arent they going to be at the silent rave?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:34 PM

"Doesn't look so much like a protest...there are what 6 people there?"

Who let Dick Cheney in here?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:34 PM

I bought one of those $4600 jackets, wore it once and then had to throw it out . . . it was so yesterday.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:44 PM

Pathetic. CBGBs was a commercialized relic that, by its end, lacked relevance and was about as progressive as a can of tuna fish.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:45 PM

for sure, cbgb was done long before it finally went away. the best way to secure the legacy would've been to hang it up when the came time...
rather, that time came and went and they still slogged on putting on terrible shows that no one attended.

but they prolly did alright on the eternapunk cbgb t-shirt...a souvenir of one's journey to the center of the anti-establishment...

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 12:52 PM

i still dont get the reason for the protest. most of the clothing boutiques in the les sell clothing for just as much money, if not more. and they all cater to the same 'rock n roll yuppie' demographic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 1:06 PM

come on how can you guys hate on reverend billy?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 1:15 PM

oi oi up the punx! looks like they went all out on the signage. i hope they protest the fucking cbgb's casino too. skate or die duders

Posted by felix havoc | April 18, 2008 1:26 PM

Pants destroy communities.

Don't these people have jobs?

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 1:40 PM

people hate clowns, easy as that

Posted by un:art:ig | April 18, 2008 1:41 PM

"$4600 used jackets destroy community"

Come on you idiots...if you're trying to protest something, at least PROOFREAD YOUR SIGNS!

Posted by Nick | April 18, 2008 1:45 PM

"Hey guys, what are we doing tonight?"
"I dunno, I'm broke."
"Me too. Hey, we can make some signs and stand outside a store! We'll call it a protest!"
"But aren't there just six of us?"
"That's why the signs have to be hot pink!"

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 1:56 PM

These people are protesting the wrong guy. IT's not John Varvatos that kicked CB's out, it was Muzzy Rosenblatt, landlord of the building.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 3:02 PM

I thought a non-profit owns the building.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 3:38 PM

These people are protesting the wrong guy. IT's not John Varvatos that kicked CB's out, it was Muzzy Rosenblatt, landlord of the building.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 3:02 PM

Exactly - these people (let's call them the moronic 6) have no fucking clue what they are protesting. Picking on the wrong guy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 4:01 PM

I don't know if you can judge the righteousness of a cause by the turnout of the protesters. I have a lot of respect for Reverend Billy and his Stop-Shoppers and the appearance of a poor turnout at CBGB's does nothing to disuade that. (It's not like it's the first time CB's has failed to attract a large crowd and Reverend Billy is way cooler than the late Hilly Krystal ever was.)

Posted by Randy Ludacer | April 18, 2008 4:30 PM

@4:30

Sure, but we can certainly judge him for choosing to protest something as idiotic as a charity concert at a freakin' clothing store.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 4:35 PM

My favorite is "Boycott High Rents!". This is New York City. Good luck with that.

Posted by CN | April 18, 2008 4:50 PM

"But aren't there just six of us?"
"That's why the signs have to be hot pink!"

ahahhaha that's why the signs have to be hot pink!

i wonder what this mob does to people when they leave after purchasing an item from this store.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2008 5:36 PM

clearly fashion conscious people protesting a fashion boutique. oh, the confused and alienated BoBo's...has it become as farcical and vapid as this?

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2008 1:04 AM


1) the "protest high rents" sign was aimed at Varvatos, of course. the protesters are telling him to take his luxury wares somewhere else... just because you can pay that rent, doesn't mean you should. Luxury retailers should understand the struggles of the community they are going into - and it doesn't take googling to know that the LES is a place where there are intense amounts of housing struggles going on. There are demonstrations there every month by groups like goles and the people of 47 e. 3rd street; people being forced out of their longtime homes. The last few shelters on the bowery are being squeezed out... and this is significant in the Bowery's history and for the LES, whose demographics still are primarily poor, despite the influx of new residents.

The demonstrators are longtime lower east siders who feel that the first luxury clothing store opening on the Bowery - using LES history and music to sell its wares - was an occasion that deserved larger discussion. There is not a rock and roller in history that should not respect this. how can you think of yourself as a rebel on the one hand, and taunt people demonstrating against wealthy interests on the other? This benefit will be over, and all you will be left with is a clothing store you can't afford to shop in, and private concerts once a month you won't get invited by Varvatos to.

2) the sign that said "$1600 used jackets kill community" meant just that - the varvatos store sells USED leather jackets for $1600 - - they are next door to a homeless shelter - - not the most compassionate gesture.

3) The signs were neon colors because the longtime stationary store on Ave A sells neon colored board for very cheap ($1.99) That is the only reason.

the "charity" event at the Varvatos store was more of a PR event. They definitely spent more on the voluminous security staff, beer, press/PR and the limos and trailer "green room" for the celebs than they raised by putting on this show (only $30,000 - - considering all the celebs involved, all the deep pockets - this is an amazingly low figure and is not really what defines charity...)

I could give a damn about cbgb's in particular - - but I would much rather be protesting in the streets than watching pompous idiots come down to the Bowery to shop for overpriced clothes while surrounded by cliched photos of punk rockers that are now also gracing the walls of suburban malls. I hope the non-wealthy denizens of nyc keep rising up.

p.s. if the people in the photo above look "fashion conscious" to you, you do have a serious vision problem. Or you work for Varvatos and are grasping at straws.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2008 1:21 AM

Anon 1:21,

The LES has now become a desirable place for people with disposable income to live. Hence, trendy, expensive businesses will move in to capitalize on that. I don't understand what's so hard to grasp about this concept?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2008 11:06 AM

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