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Patti Smith Rocks CBGB’s Final Night

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Posted October 16, 2006 - By Frank Meyer

Well, rockers, it’s the end of an era.

Last night, CBGB’s held its final concert and closed its doors. The final night of the influential punk club was rocked by Patti Smith with surprise guest Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea on bass. She played a blistering set, highlighted by a poem saluting the CB’s musicians that have passed away over the years, covers of the Who's "My Generation" and the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and a medley of Ramones songs. It was also Flea’s birthday, so the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Talking Heads Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth were there, plus E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt.

"I'm thinking about tomorrow and the next day and the next day, and going on to do more with CBGB's," founder Hilly Kristal said Sunday. He has spoke of opening a new CB’s in Las Vegas, complete with relics from the club.

The club was opened by Kristal in 1973 and served as the launch pad for legendary acts such as The Ramones, Blondie, the Talking Heads and Television. Kristal, who has been battling lung cancer, has been at odds with the Bowery Residents Committee, who decided not to renew the club’s lease when it ran out in August 2005. The decision inspired protests, tributes and vigils for over a year until Kristal finally gave in.

Watch Patti Smith's Lenny Kaye lead the band through a medley of Ramones classics here .

Watch Blondie play "Rip Her To Shreds" on Saturday night
here .

YahooNews.com: CBGB hosts last concert before eviction

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