Last night Glenn attended his good friend's, John Varvatos, celebrations in West Hollywood, California, USA.
It was to celebrate John Varvatos 10 Years In West Hollywood, which also included a private performance by fellow
Brit musician, Paul Weller.
You can find some brief video @ http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/j…otage/154497442
and pix over @ http://yhoo.it/RFWHI3 and http://www.gettyimages.com/editorial/glenn-hughes-pictures
I have mixed feelings about JV's occupancy of the hallowed ground that was CBGB's. It's now a playground for the rich, certainly not what Hilly Crystal envisaged at all. I was fortunate enough to play CBGB's in 98, touring the States with Punk band The Gonads - it is an experience I treasure. But I have to concede that at least something of the spirit of that iconic venue is preserved: music is still performed on occasion I understand, and memorabilia still graces the walls....it could have easily ended up in much worse hands...but how many of its former patrons can afford $800 jackets?
I have mixed feelings about JV's occupancy of the hallowed ground that was CBGB's... but how many of its former patrons can afford $800 jackets?
Have to defend JV a bit here... you don't have to buy the clothes in the store to attend... and in fact, he has music events at that particular location (former CBGB's; Bowery NYC) on a near weekly basis, from top flight musicians to unknowns, so he's definitely keepin' the spirit alive.
This in addition to having similar events around the country at his other stores. So give kudos to JV... he puts his money where his mouth is
David: Perhaps I didn't make it clear - I DO like the fact that JV is continuing to perpetuate live music on CBGB's site - in fact, when I recently discovered this it made me happy, because I had thought it had been swallowed up in a parking lot or something, so on balance, it's as a good a pair of hands for it to be in as any. I'm certainly not having a pop at JV. I suppose I just wanted to show there is of course always going to be an uncomfortable 'friction' between the 'have's' - who shop there now, and the 'havenot's' who regularly patronized the original venue, but hey, 'c'est la vie' as some French bloke once said!
Got it, no worries Kev... 'tis all good