Patti Smith shuts down the legendary music venue on October 15, 2006.
It was a 3 1/2 hours long goodbye. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers attended the show and even performed on a handful of songs with Smith and her band. Television’s Richard Lloyd also guested on a few songs, including a reworked version of “Marquee Moon.” Toward the end of their set, Smith and her band played “Gloria”, paying tribute to the Ramones during the chorus by alternating between the original lyrics and the “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” of “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
The club closed after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. A men’s clothing store moves in and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
Rock ‘n roll never forgets.