Posted in music | venues on January 25, 2012

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Gothamist has a story today, and it says:

"We have it on good authority that the legendary venue is still alive in spirit, and angling to take over a new space in Manhattan. With the contents of the original club still around in a basement somewhere, if all goes according to plan it will even look like the old space. We'll update when we have more information, which should be filtering in over the next few weeks."
Hmmm. I don't want to knock a possible new space for live music, but like their idea of re-opening in Vegas, this just has tourist written all over it.

In related news, I noticed that there's a CBGB Twitter which claims to be "official", and on it they tweeted earlier this month, "who would you like to see at the #CBGB Music Festival this summer? No band to big or to small."

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Comments (68)

May Da Schwartz Be Wit Chu

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:18 AM

that would suck if CBGB was SUDDENLY a tourist attraction, because i'm sure that every soccer mom who currently owns one of their t-shirts got them when they were teenage runaway squatters hanging out at talking heads shows

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:19 AM

let it die.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:20 AM

Occupy Varvatos!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:21 AM

Lit is probably the closest thing we have to the spirit of the original CBGB right now in Manhattan.

Hilly is dead, and what CBGB was notorious for had died in the early 90s when it started becoming a local band's first gig club with a decent "legacy" show a few times a year.

The upswing of quality shows in the early to mid-2000s was a direct result of bands wanting to play there once or one last time before it went out of business.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:22 AM

Also let us not forget Hilly had the opportunity to buy the building outright in the late 80s or early 90s for basically nothing, and opted not to in order to "diversify the brand." Does anybody remember CBGB pizza? CBGB records? All that stupid stuff he did with his money that wasn't just BUYING THE STUPID CLUB? If he had been smart that club would still exist today.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:24 AM

I want Wetlands and Academy to be back!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:28 AM

"Hilly is dead, and what CBGB was notorious for had died in the early 90s when it started becoming a local band's first gig club with a decent "legacy" show a few times a year."

Exactly. I saw a few decent bands there in the 90's during CMJ and what have you, but for the most part it was just a dump with shitty booking.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:30 AM

I dunno man, I saw Purple Balloon Go Pop! there in 2003 and it was legendary.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:33 AM

In the 90's, Max's Kansas City tried to resurrect itself, and that was nothing short of embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:34 AM

11:22: you serious? Lit?!

Wow, you need to get out more often.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:41 AM

Integrity is not allowed on this thread, or they'll get a beat down. For reals.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:42 AM

It was never punk to make grammatical errors in your tweets. LOL.

Posted by The Pope | January 25, 2012 11:42 AM

there was talk of franchising ala house of blues/hard rock cafe style for years

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:48 AM

this sorta screams fail to me, but i guess we'll see. i'm game for a nyc summer music "festival" i guess.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 11:59 AM

Supposedly Joe Durso (Asbury park musiscan) purchased the rights to the name and is intersested in "franchising". A couple of weeks ago at the Light of day music fest in AP there were CBGBs banners announcing a forthcoming "2012 CBGBs summer music fest".That was the backdrop for Robert Gordons set at the Lanes. What that means or who would be involved i have no idea.....

Posted by Blag the destroyer | January 25, 2012 12:00 PM

so the family of Hilly has nothing to do with this anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:08 PM

this is going to be awesome. i want to be the first person to own a CBGB Cincinnati denim jacket with pleather sleeves.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:09 PM

I want the Mudd Club back
We can't always get what we want

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:10 PM

@1128 - Academy?? Seriously?? Academy was like the Terminal 5 of its day. It was an ok venue, but it was a huge theatre. There was no community involved.

The places I miss the most are The Cooler, Brownies, and Tonic. Those were real venues. Now all there is in Manhattan are Cake Shop and Mercury, which is you know.. eh.

So who owns the name CBGB now? Surely nothing good will be done with it. There were no decent bookings there since like the mid 90s. The person who mentioned that good bands only wanted to do "last hurrahs" there was spot on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:10 PM

The Academy wasn't the "Terminal 5 of its time" or whatever.

The Academy was AWESOME! I was always happier when a show landing there than Roseland.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:20 PM

SUp yall i'm punk we are heading to CBGBs to catch the next irrelevant punk band around.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:20 PM

I wish Club USA, The Roxy, and The Tunnel would re-open. You know... Special K friendly establishments.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:24 PM

"@1128 - Academy?? Seriously?? Academy was like the Terminal 5 of its day. It was an ok venue, but it was a huge theatre. There was no community involved."

What an idiotic thing to say. tons of fantastic shows at the Academy.
I guess it makes you feel good to think NYU took a wrecking ball to destroy a beautiful art deco building to create more dorm space?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:26 PM

I'd rather have Tramps back over Academy. The stage at Academy was like 10 feet high. Never cool. They did have decent shows there tho - best thing I saw there was probably The Cramps, Man or Astroman?, and Jonathan Fire-Eater.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:30 PM

What, no love for Downtown Beirut 2? Bring it back in 2012!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:45 PM

Tramps was pretty cool, forgot about that place.

LOL @ Club USA, haha

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 12:45 PM

Don't knock on Lit. Love that place.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:15 PM

Crazy shows at the Academy:

Luscious Jackson/Tibetan Monks/Beastie Boys

Boredoms/Green Day (Tim Armstrong came out and did Knowledge with them/Adam Sandler/Flaming Lips

Clutch/Voivod

Fight/Testament

and an almost unlimited amount of amazing Sonic Youth shows

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:18 PM

I don't think I ever made it to the Academy or the Cooler, but I can vouch for Tramps, Brownies and Tonic - all great venues that are deservedly missed today.

I have serious doubts about an actual quality resurrection of "the CBGB brand."

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:19 PM

Palladium and Cokies are also missed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:24 PM

"Fight/Testament"

Oh, that sounds viscious

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:26 PM

And there's one Itchy and Scratchy cartoon I don't think we'll ever forget.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:34 PM

The Academy was a GREAT venue. Decent sightlines and a balcony that was open to the public (and not just for VIP douchebags). Delsner promoted shows were booked there, so they got decent bookings. I saw a lot of arena-sized bands do underplays there (Sting, INXS, Peter Gabriel, Chili Peppers).
Tramps had good bookings, but the sightlines sucked there. The room was too wide, and there were poles that obstructed your view.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:46 PM

Saw Mike Watt at Tramps. Special guests that popped on stage: Evan Dando, Eddie Vedder. Opening act: Foo Fighters, prior to the release of their first album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 1:50 PM

The Edge sat in my row, in the non-douchebag balcony.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:07 PM

Acadmey. Tramps. Cooler and tonic all ruled... saw every great band there from highschool and on. 95 to 2001...great shows in nyc

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:11 PM

The most beautiful girl I have ever seen was crowdsurfing at the Academy during a Ash/Goo Goo Dolls show. I can still picture it 15 years later!

On a side note, besides NYC sucking now, do you remember when the Goo Goo Dolls did not suck? Superstar Car Wash was a great album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:12 PM

^ it would be a good 23 years back to find a non-shitty goo goo dolls.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:23 PM

Knitting Factory was good too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:25 PM

2:12...Ah Ash..great band... Knitting Factory was great too...I saw the Walkmen there back in 2002??? and Blues Traveler for free...oye!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:40 PM

LIT is awesome but its like apples and oranges.CBGB sucked for years before closing down anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:46 PM

Which Knitting Factory? Never went to the original, but I liked the second.

New one is a joke. They should change the name.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:48 PM

I miss Terminal 5

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:53 PM

Leonard St Knitting Factory

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 2:53 PM

Lit?!? Bwa hahahaha! Lit is what people from Iowa think New York is all about.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:01 PM

Lit is the last of its kind...Suport them while you still can. When Lit is gone...everything will be. $3 happy hour on Thursdays and the dj is awesome

Posted by michael | January 25, 2012 3:10 PM

From the rest of the points the Lit guy made I think he was trying to say that it is the same type of spirit. CBGB in its prime never did many national bands either.

I personally miss Coney Island High.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:23 PM

*bathroom joke*

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:26 PM

Leonard St. Knitting Factory was the best! i miss it so much

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:46 PM

Anybody here remember the bat cave?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 3:47 PM

The spirit of CBGB's died long before the venue closed. Nonetheless, the spirit died a natural death along with the music it spawned.
As for the other venues mentioned (ie. Tramps, Academy, etc), they're good places to see bands, but didn't have the "spirit" of a place like CB's during its heyday. Wetlands had a spirit to it if you liked hippie bands, and L'Amours in Brooklyn was great if you liked hair metal or hardcore.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:32 PM

L'Amours!! Underrated venue.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:37 PM

Coney Island High had a legit scene. Fucking Giuliani.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:54 PM

I am tired of posting comments only to have them blocked for approval.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 4:56 PM

"guess it makes you feel good to think NYU took a wrecking ball to destroy a beautiful art deco building to create more dorm space?"

You are confusing the Academy (Times Square) with the Academy of Music (14th St) which became the Palladium which was knocked down by NYU.

The Academy uptown was an old movie theater/Broadway house that went Rock and was torn down with the redevelopment of Times Square.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 6:17 PM

The people who bought the rights to the name lost it and it reverted back to Lisa, who apparently sold it to a promoter in Asbury Park who is looking to franchise the name. He's already getting good use out of it by attaching it to a summer music fest.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 6:21 PM

4:56 - If your comments are being blocked, it's probably because there's a word in your post that is part of BV's spam filter. For example, BV got tired of seeing comments that mention Sp1n D0ctors, so he added it to the filter. To get around it, misspell the word (as I did above). Hope this helps.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 8:31 PM

Raze downtown + bring back weird old NY.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2012 9:59 PM

I miss Irving Plaza when they used to book good bands. Getting drunk at 119 and then walking around the corner to see a show was always a good night.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 9:00 AM

yea irving plaza books fucking terrible bands now. aaron carter

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 9:31 AM

9:00 - 119 is gone now! I loved that dump. Sorely missed.
Irving doesn't get any good bookings anymore because Live Nation books there. B0wery has been getting all the good club bookings in NYC for the last few years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 9:56 AM

It was a sad day when I heard that 119 shut down. That place was our "Cheers."

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 10:10 AM

great news, i really hope this happens

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 1:31 PM

Agree w/ above post. Coney Island High was fantastic. Run by solid people. Great shows. Fun space. Same w/ shows at Wetlands and the Leonard Knitting Factory. CB's was always nostalgic, sure, but didn't have great shows all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 4:32 PM

L'AMOURS BROOKLYN!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2012 5:08 PM

"Crass Punk is dead"

It was never alive...

Posted by Lawsuit | February 18, 2012 11:56 AM

I love that dog.

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 2:31 PM

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