Members of Pearl Jam and Death Cab For Cutie are among the more than 150 artists who signed an open letter in an attempt to save Seattle’s iconic music venue, The Showbox, from demolition. The effort appears to have worked, with the Seattle City Council voting on Monday (August 13th) to temporarily save the Showbox from being torn down and replaced by a 44-story luxury residential tower.
The club, which has hosted shows over the years from artists like Prince, Eminem, the Ramones, the Police and countless Seattle acts like Soundgarden, was brought under the temporary protection of the Pike Place Historical District for 10 months, although it is not technically part of the District at the moment.
British Columbia-based developers The Onni Group recently announced their plans to demolish the venue, which were met by opposition at nearly every turn. Efforts are still ongoing to have it declared a historical landmark, which the Council stopped short of doing on Monday.
The letter, posted by the Seattle Times on Friday, included comments from Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and others. Gibbard wrote, “We have created a coalition to save The Showbox. Not just because we have great memories of playing and seeing shows there, but because we want it to be available for future generations of performers and music fans to create their own.”
McCready added, “The Showbox is integral to the social fabric of the Seattle music scene,” stating that the venue was “as important as CBGB, First Avenue, the Fillmore East and West, the Troubadour, and the Whisky,” naming legendary venues in New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
Source: Pulse of Radio