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CBGBs To Move to Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 6th July 2006 3:23pm
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Legendary punk / new wave dive bar CBGB's is closing on Halloween 2006, and packing up its urinals and moving to Las Vegas. Lets hope he brings some good bands with him. The VT posse has seen some great shows at CBs back in our NYC stomping grounds early daze.

The owner and operator of New York's legendary CBGB club says by mid-October, the last drinks will have been poured and the last unsigned band will have taken the stage inside the punk-rock landmark. Still, Kristal says he's not about to let the mythical club go the way of the dodo.

"We want to take a lot of this stuff with us, and I think we're going to move to Las Vegas," Kristal said, adding that he'll start disassembling parts of the club as early as September. "I have some developers who have some really great space in the downtown area. So, I'd say sometime in spring we'll be in Las Vegas. It's a big undertaking, and these developers are putting the money into it, and I want to make sure that, for my benefit and theirs, we make this work."

Of course, Kristal, who wouldn't name the developers he's working with, knows it won't be the same in Vegas. "I don't have any choice," he explained. "I have been looking for space in New York and the rent's $125,000 a month on Broadway." He said he came close to securing a space downtown on Essex Street, but the deal didn't make it past the negotiations phase. So, it's "Viva Las Vegas" for one of New York's most revered rock and roll attractions.

"[The Vegas CBGB] won't be the same size or the same shape, but I am going to have all the things that matter there," Kristal said. "I am taking the bars with me, I am taking the stage I'm taking the urinal that Joey [Ramone] pissed in with me. I'm going to take a lot of things anything that makes this place CBGB.



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