American proto-punk poetess marks closure of legendary NYC rock dive


Patti Smith will play the final ever gig at the legendary New York venue CBGBs in a fortnight.

Smith, an original icon of the ‘70s New York music scene, who helped create CBGBs’ cool punk reputation, is a fitting addition to the club’s final show bill.

CBGBs is being forced to close after a disagreement over future rent with its landlord. Hilly Kristal, owner of CBGBs, has also confirmed that the club will re-open in a similar guise in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The new venue is expected to open in 2008.

About playing at the historic venue at a show earlier this year, Smith said she “had the Jackie Onassis spirit of preservation of our historic architecture. One of the things that has drawn so many people down to the Bowery area—the people living there and the housing and shops and all of the revitalization of that area—was CBGB.”

Tickets for the final show went on sale yesterday, but are already sold out.