CBGB OMFUG R.I.P – October 2006

CBGB was not just a place where some major bands broke out of, much more than that it was a very comfortable club. From the start CBGB had a high quality, high power sound system, where many budding musicians got to try out their songs for the first time, in a place with great sound. CBGB was always open, 7 days a week, with 7 or more bands a night for 32 years, and aside from the few dozen that made it big, most of the bands were never known. If kids don’t have a place where bands can play when they are bad, they will never learn to be good.

Sept 25 - Reggae Producer/Legend Lee "Scratch" Perry played in late September, just a few weeks before CBGB closed. CB's has always had a real variety of acts.

Sept 25 – Reggae Producer/Legend Lee “Scratch” Perry played in late September, just a few weeks before CBGB closed. CB’s has always had a real variety of acts.

Lee "Scratch" Perry on stage at CBGB, NYC. September 25, 2006. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-258

Oct 9 - Bad Brains played a soulful reggae set, unlike their early appearances at CB's for the hardcore crowd. Many of the old fans came but were surprised to hear such a mellow show.

Oct 9 – Bad Brains played a soulful reggae set, unlike their early appearances at CB’s for the hardcore crowd. Many of the old fans came but were surprised to hear such a mellow show.

Bad Brains on stage at CBGB, NYC. October 9, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 14 - Walter Lure takes a guitar break as Easy Spaceman sings during the set by The Waldos on the last Saturday. They played a lot of songs from Walter's old band the Heartbreakers.

Oct 14 – Walter Lure takes a guitar break as Easy Spaceman sings during the set by The Waldos on the last Saturday. They played a lot of songs from Walter’s old band the Heartbreakers.

Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers on stage with The Waldos at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry from Blondie got one last look at the back alley when they went out there at the request of the film crew making a documentary of the last days.

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry from Blondie got one last look at the back alley when they went out there at the request of the film crew making a documentary of the last days.

Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of Blondie outside of CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Ivan Kral of the original Blondie band came by to say farewell and joined Chris and Debbie in the dressing room one last time.

Ivan Kral, Chris Stein & Debbie Harry, NYC - 2006
Ivan Kral of the original Blondie band came by to say farewell and joined Chris and Debbie in the dressing room one last time.
Ivan Kral of the original Blondie band came by to say farewell and joined Chris and Debbie in the dressing room one last time.

(L-R) Ivan Kral, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of Blondie backstage at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Chris and Debbie played a farewell acoustic set of many of Blondie's hit songs. Joining them was Leigh Foxx on bass and Paul Carbonara on guitar.

Chris and Debbie played a farewell acoustic set of many of Blondie’s hit songs. Joining them was Leigh Foxx on bass and Paul Carbonara on guitar.

Blondie on stage at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Dictators arranged a reunion of the original band members for the final weekend.

The Dictators arranged a reunion of the original band members for the final weekend.

The Dictators on stage at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Handsome Dick Manitoba reminds the audience that all you need is a "haircut and an attitude".

Handsome Dick Manitoba reminds the audience that all you need is a “haircut and an attitude”.

Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators on stage at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 15 - On the last night The Patti Smith Group posed for the gathered press after their sound check. Asked what kids will do now that CB's is gone Patti said they "will have to find some shithole where some guy will let them play like we did".

Oct 15 – On the last night The Patti Smith Group posed for the gathered press after their sound check. Asked what kids will do now that CB’s is gone Patti said they “will have to find some shithole where some guy will let them play like we did”.

(L-R) Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group on stage during the closing night of CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-273

Hilly Kristal enters CBGB for the last time to the cheers of the crowd who came to be a part of the event. Hilly set the tone of CB's by making the one basic rule, that all the bands that play had to play original songs they wrote themselves.

Hilly Kristal enters CBGB for the last time to the cheers of the crowd who came to be a part of the event. Hilly set the tone of CB’s by making the one basic rule, that all the bands that play had to play original songs they wrote themselves.

Hilly Kristal on the closing night of CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-198

Oct 14 - Hilly Kristal and his companion Wendy sat at his usual place at the door greeting all the old friends who came to wish him well. Hilly built the club personally, by hand, one nail and one show at a time. Thank you Hilly!

Oct 14 – Hilly Kristal and his companion Wendy sat at his usual place at the door greeting all the old friends who came to wish him well. Hilly built the club personally, by hand, one nail and one show at a time. Thank you Hilly!

Hilly Kristal and Wendy at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 15 - Hilly's daughter Lisa grew up in CBGB and managed to become a successful lawyer, but she still came to help take care of the business at the club.

Oct 15 – Hilly’s daughter Lisa grew up in CBGB and managed to become a successful lawyer, but she still came to help take care of the business at the club.

Lisa Kristal in the office of CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 14 - Brendan and BG took care of everyone who came in the door of CBGB for many years with their customary charm and good humor.

Brendan & BG, NYC - 2006
Oct 14 - Brendan and BG took care of everyone who came in the door of CBGB for many years with their customary charm and good humor.
Oct 14 – Brendan and BG took care of everyone who came in the door of CBGB for many years with their customary charm and good humor.

Brendan and BG in the office of CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Louise Parnassa stopped in with her daughter to bid farewell to the place where she booked all the bands and ran the show.

Louise Parnassa, NYC - 2006
Louise Parnassa stopped in with her daughter to bid farewell to the place where she booked all the bands and ran the show.
Louise Parnassa stopped in with her daughter to bid farewell to the place where she booked all the bands and ran the show.

Louise Parnassa and her daughter in the office at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 15 - Mandy Stein has grown up in the music business and now has built a career as a video producer and it made total sense that she was the one to make a documentary of the club's final days.

Oct 15 – Mandy Stein has grown up in the music business and now has built a career as a video producer and it made total sense that she was the one to make a documentary of the club’s final days.

Mandy Stein filming the last night at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Mandy is the daughter of Sire records president Seymour Stein, who, with his wife Linda, built the careers of many of the great bands that came out of CB's. Linda, above with Mandy, is such a rocker that she made her way through the crowd to the front of the stage to get a close up view of Debbie and Chris.

Mandy is the daughter of Sire records president Seymour Stein, who, with his wife Linda, built the careers of many of the great bands that came out of CB’s. Linda, above with Mandy, is such a rocker that she made her way through the crowd to the front of the stage to get a close up view of Debbie and Chris.

Linda and Mandy Stein outside of CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Patti Smith smiled as she came on the stage for the final show of CBGB.

Patti Smith smiled as she came on the stage for the final show of CBGB.

Patti Smith on stage at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Patti Smith group played a long show with two sets, first an acoustic set consisting of some of the songs they played when they first started there in 1974 and songs by Blondie and the Ramones among others . The second set was a long set of her own music, joined for a while by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Patti Smith group played a long show with two sets, first an acoustic set consisting of some of the songs they played when they first started there in 1974 and songs by Blondie and the Ramones among others . The second set was a long set of her own music, joined for a while by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Patti Smith Group on stage at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

CBGB was one of the most comfortable places to see a band play, dimly but clearly lit by a string of beer signs, and wherever you were in the club the sound was great!

CBGB was one of the most comfortable places to see a band play, dimly but clearly lit by a string of beer signs, and wherever you were in the club the sound was great!

During the last night at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye calm down in the always funky dressing room as the final hours ticked away. Lenny said he was surprised at how emotional he felt, and I pointed out that we had been coming to the place for more than half of our lives.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye calm down in the always funky dressing room as the final hours ticked away. Lenny said he was surprised at how emotional he felt, and I pointed out that we had been coming to the place for more than half of our lives.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith group backstage at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Lenny Kaye shows the guitar he and his bandmates signed as a thank you gift to Hilly.

Lenny Kaye shows the guitar he and his bandmates signed as a thank you gift to Hilly.

Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith group backstage at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Lenny Kaye and Walter Lure hung out at the bar for the rest of the night reminiscing about the old days.

Oct 14 – Lenny Kaye and Walter Lure hung out at the bar for the rest of the night reminiscing about the old days.

Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group and Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Little Steven van Zandt, a true rock fan stopped in to breathe the air of CBGB on last time.

Oct 15 – Little Steven van Zandt, a true rock fan stopped in to breathe the air of CBGB on last time.

Little Steven Van Zandt during the last night at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 15 - Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who made their reputation in Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club at CBGB were there for the final shows.

Tina Weymouth & Chris Frantz, NYC - 2006
Oct 15 - Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who made their reputation in Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club at CBGB were there for the final shows.
Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who made their reputation in Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club at CBGB were there for the final shows.

Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads during the last night at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

CB regulars from the old days Michael Alago and Danny Fields (who had just come back from Japan) came for a last drink.

CB regulars from the old days Michael Alago and Danny Fields (who had just come back from Japan) came for a last drink.

Michael Alago and Danny Fields during the last night at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Jesse Malin, Daniel Ray and Andy Shernoff all played in CBGB, each in several bands over the years, and were there again for the last time.

Jesse Malin, Daniel Ray and Andy Shernoff all played in CBGB, each in several bands over the years, and were there again for the last time.

(L-R) Jesse Malin of D-Generation, Daniel Rey and Andy Shernoff of the Dictators at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 14 - Jimmy Winbrandt who played CBGB many times in the Miami's says hi to filmmaker Amos Poe.

Oct 14 – Jimmy Winbrandt who played CBGB many times in the Miami’s says hi to filmmaker Amos Poe.

Jimmy Winbrandt of The Miami's and Amos Poe at CBGB, NYC. October 14, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Oct 15 - Local rockers Gita Gash and Tony Mann had a good time on closing night.

Oct 15 – Local rockers Gita Gash and Tony Mann had a good time on closing night.

Gita Gash and Tony Mann during the last night at CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The famous bathrooms were one of the things that made CBGB different, and I'm sure we won't see this again, but maybe that's OK.

The famous bathrooms were one of the things that made CBGB different, and I’m sure we won’t see this again, but maybe that’s OK.

The bathrooms on the last night of CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Before I left, I took one last photo of the place from across the street. There may be other clubs in the future, but not better ones.

Before I left, I took one last photo of the place from across the street. There may be other clubs in the future, but not better ones.

Crowd on the closing night of CBGB, NYC. October 15, 2006. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com