Three Years Ago: Final Performance at CBGB
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As This Ain’t the Summer of Love pointed out, yesterday marked the three-year anniversary of the final performance at CBGB, now a trendy John Varvatos boutique. Patti Smith was the headliner that night, along with some special guests including Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty. Even Flea showed up to play bass. The show itself was a highly emotional affair defined by great tunes, past recollections, and plenty of tears. We were in attendance that night, and still treasure the moments captured on digital film.
Once the gates shuttered for good, 315 Bowery became a temporary shrine of sorts, with influential band names scrawled across the exterior. The graffiti was short-lived, though. Then, like clockwork, the deconstruction began. First, the iconic red-on-white awning was torn down; later it was the interior. Boxed up for preservation. A year later, upon Hilly’s passing, fans were in full force again, laying tributes at the doorstep.