CBGB Lives On, 10 Years After Its Closing, With These Performances

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It's been 10 years since CBGB, the infamous birthplace of punk, closed its doors for good to the public. The country blues-turned-punk club officially shut down Oct. 15, 2006, after a losing a deal to renew the lease with their landlord, Bowery Residents' Committee. The final concert was headlined by Patti Smith.

With legendary bands that got their start thanks to CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, including the Ramones, Blondie and the Police, it's no wonder music fans across the world continue to mourn the loss of an iconic venue. Forty-three years later, history still lives on at the 315 Bowery location in New York City.

Take a glimpse back into the making of music history with these seven iconic performances that defined the lifetime of CBGB: 

1. Patti Smith, "Elegie" (2006)

2. Beastie Boys, "Egg Raid on Mojo" (1983)

3. The Ramones, "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (1977)

4. Blondie, "X Offender" (1977)

5. Green Day, "Welcome to Paradise" (2000)

6. Hole, "Garbadge Man" (1991)

7. Guns N' Roses, "Patience" (1987)


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