Hilly Kristal, owner and founder of influential New York punk club CBGB, is preparing to finally close the doors on his property sometime in September. But, he has plans to keep the brand alive with a new venue in Las Vegas. While, Kristal admits the Vegas space will not be physically similar to the original NYC club, he’s taking a few things with him. Namely, the bar, the stage, and the urinal he used with Joey Ramone back in the day. Plus, MTV News reports that Kristal is in the midst of battling a recent diagnosis of lung cancer:
Kristal said he’d still like to open a second CBGB in New York but doesn’t see that happening for at least several years because of high rent. But financial worries and his club’s impending move aren’t Kristal’s biggest concerns at the moment: Three weeks ago, he learned that he has lung cancer, and he’s been enduring chemotherapy treatments ever since.
“It’s in one spot,” he said of the tumor. “They will be able to have great surgeons cut it out — a part of my lung. But I have to tell you, chemotherapy ain’t fun. It’s going to be corrected, and things will be good.”