BLITZKRIEG BOP - LIVE AT CBGBS DOC. PART 4 OF 4
In 2005, a dispute between CBGB and the Bowery Resident's Committee began. The Committee billed Kristal $91,000 in back rent, while Kristal claimed he had not been informed of increases in his $19,000 monthly rent. After the lease expired, they reached an agreement for the club to remain for fourteen more months while Kristal dropped his legal battles and his attempts to get historic landmark status for the club.
The club finally closed on October 15 2006. The last week featured multi-night stands by Bad Brains and The Dictators, along with an acoustic set by Blondie. Younger groups such as Avail and the Bouncing Souls also performed.
The final concert was performed by Patti Smith and broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers attended the concert and even performed on a handful of songs with Smith and her band. He turned 44 at midnight, and the band and crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to him. Television's Richard Lloyd also guested on a few songs, including a version of "Marquee Moon". The band, in one of their final songs, played "Gloria", but during the chorus alternated between the "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" of "Blitzkrieg Bop" and the original lyrics. In her final encore, the song "Eligie", Smith listed many of the musicians who died since they last played at CBGB.