Van Zandt seeks big time help for CBGB

Oct. 7, 2005 at 7:49 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Rock star, TV star and radio host Little Steven Van Zandt is appealing to the music industry to help save New York rock club CBGB.

The club -- hailed as the birthplace of punk rock -- has been evicted by its landlords. The "Sopranos" star and member of the E Street Band writes in the latest issue of Billboard magazine: "As that great protest singer Yogi Berra once sang, 'CBGB ain't over till it's over.'"

In his editorial, Van Zandt appeals to music industry professionals to use their influence and money to help CBGB's owner fight the eviction in court.

"One landlord should not be able to take on the entire city, the city's best interests and the entire rock 'n' roll industry, and win," Van Zandt writes, referring to Muzzy Rosenblatt, executive director of Bowery Residents' Committee, which owns the building that houses CBGB. "And right now, he is winning."

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