The CBGB interior will be exhumed for the CBGB Festival
If you've really been missing the legendary Lower East Side club, here's a chance to see it again—sort of.
Thu Oct 3 2013
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
When high-end men's retailer John Varvatos moved into old CBGB space a few years after the iconic rock club–slash–disgusting cesspool closed its doors, it was easy for New Yorkers to feel a little jaded. After all, people around these parts like to talk a good game about how great the city was before the yuppies took over (even if they're secretly glad they're not getting mugged biweekly). CBGB, though, was the product of another time and place—if the club's owners had tried moving to, say, Park Slope, the local PTA or neighborhood watch would've surely shot that idea down.
Still, Joey Ramone is almost certainly rolling over in his grave at this bit of weird news from the upcoming CBGB Festival: According to BrooklynVegan, promoters plan to exhume the actual insides of the club from storage, move it to Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on October 10, and sully what's left of its memory with a keynote address by MTV executive Van Toffler (the man's name feels perfect for his villain's role, like the evil record exec in Airheads) and former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Is it desecration? A good bit of viral marketing for the upcoming CBGB movie? Does it even matter, considering the Met already staged a version of the club's grotty loo for its punk exhibit earlier this year? We'll let you make the call.