Friday, October 13, 2006
There were only 2 things I really wanted to do in New York. The most important of those was to go to CBGB's. When we got there I tried to be all cool about it, but I'm sure I failed miserably. I was thrilled to death to be there and it was hard to hide that fact.
Beyond that, however, I don't really remember much about it. I remember it was a dump. I remember the band really, really sucked. And I remember the bathroom being the scariest thing I had seen in the city so far. Yikes. No matter what you hear about the bathroom at CBGB's...well...it's probably true. Not the most sentimental memory of a musical landmark, but it's my only one. I never made it back.
After 30+ years CBGB's is closing this weekend, featuring sets by The Dictators, Debbie Harry/Chris Stein and Patti Smith. The Patti Smith gig is going to be broadcast on Sirius.
The other thing I wanted to do on that first trip? Go to the top of the World Trade Center. I got to do that too.
Then we were busted by our chaperons.
I haven't been since the 80s, but I had some great times there.