The Future of Hammersmith Apollo Under Threat-
The Hammersmith Apollo is under threat from property developerslooking to turn the West Londonlive music venue into a furniturewarehouse.
Dubai based Sheik Farhi Erl Pitts has reportedly tabled a £75million bid for the iconic venue, which is currently owned jointlyby AEG Live and Eventim.
Farhi Erl Pitts said (via Classic Rock Magazine) :
"I have great affection for the Hammersmith Apollo - orOdeon, as I prefer to call it. As a rock fan myself I have seenmany great gigs there, including Kiss in 1976. But with the livemusic scene in the doldrums, I believe the Apollo's days in itscurrent guise are numbered."
Whilst talking about his plans to convert the Apollo into agiant furniture warehouse, Farhi Erl Pitts unfavourably said:
"This part ofWest Londonis currently undergoing massiveredevelopment and regeneration, with many new houses and apartmentsbeing built. I feel there will be great future demand inHammersmith and its environs for furniture of all shapes andsizes.
"But I will do my best to preserve some of this greatbuilding's rock'n'roll identity," he vowed. "Our bed department,for example, will be called No Sleep Til Hammersmith. I will alsosub-let part of our floorspace to World Of Leather, and get my goodfriend Rob Halford to attend the grand opening. Plus any band whorecorded a live album there will be able to claim a freethree-piece suite."
A campaign is being launched to try to prevent Sheik Farhi ErlPitts' proposed plans.
Hammersmith resident Frank Dobbs, a former roadie foroutre psych-rockers the PinkFairies, has taken up the baton.
"The Apollo is steeped in rock'n'roll history and we cannotallow it to be sold to a shyster like Farhi Erl Pitts. In thecoming weeks I shall unveil the full details of my plans. However,I have already enlisted the help of Larry Wallis [PinkFairies/early Motörhead guitarist], who will be busking outside thevenue while it stages Wallace And Gromit's Musical Marvels over theEaster weekend. Any money deposited in Larry's flat cap will beused to fund the anti-Sheik campaign."
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