Seymour Stein Receives 1st Annual CBGB Icon Award
At New York's Bowery Hotel last night, the cream of the music industry came from around the world to pay tribute to Seymour Stein at the 1st Annual CBGB Icon Award Ceremony. Seymour brought Madonna, Depeche Mode, The Cure and an almost endless list of other prolific acts to prominence as head of Sire Records. Much of Sire's roster including The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Dead Boys were discovered at CBGB, making Stein the perfect choice to be the first recipient of this annual award.In a loving statement read by Stein's daughter Mandy, Madonna described Stein in this way:
He has Golden Ears
A Golden Heart
And a beautiful Soul that is unique and rare.
CBGB's is Iconic.
Sire Records is Iconic
Seymour Stein is not only Iconic but a true legend.
The crowd in attendance watched several of Seymour's artists share their admiration, appreciation and congratulations in a combination of in-person and video tributes from the likes of Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, David Byrne and Ice T. k.d. lang expressed her gratitude in a note to Stein that said "You are a special talent, and we thank you for loving and living music the way you do...thank you for supporting me in my formative years."It wasn't just Rock and Roll Hall of Fame level musician's in the crowd.The event saw countless music industry executives who worked with Stein throughout his storied career including Warner Music's Group's Lyor Cohen, Beggars Group's Martin Mills, Glassnote Records' Daniel Glass and others. Earlier this week, Stein spoke about the tie between CBGB and Sire. "CBGB's was the catalyst behind the most significant run of success for Sire as a label."
The CBGB Icon Award Ceremony showcased the continuing evolution of CBGB and the role that it plays in discovering and celebrating great music and artistic creativity. "CBGB may have been the birth place of Punk but it has always been much so much more." Said CBGB Co-Owner Tim Hayes. "Hilly Kristal's CBGB never stopped evolving and we want to continue the growth CBGB in his spirit."
The CBGB Music & Film Festival aims to transform Columbus Day Weekend into a 6-day annual celebration that will include the largest free concert in New York City each year in Times Square along with hundreds of other special moments. One such event is a concert performance by Ice-T (and special guests!) this Saturday at Chez André at The Standard East Village at 10pm.
The CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013 takes place on October 8-13 in New York City and will feature hundreds of bands in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The event will also host more than 125 speakers and 100 new music themed feature films and documentaries. As reported in The New York Times, one of the many highlights of the Festival is the free outdoor concert in Times Square, this Saturday October 12th.
Photo: L-R Mark Eichner, CBGB Festival; Tim Hayes, Co-Owner CBGB Festival; Seymour Stein; Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard; Louise Parnassa Staley, CBGB Festival