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Wednesday, October 19, 2005



DAVID LEE ROTH JOINS THE FIGHT TO SAVE HISTORIC RAYMOND THEATRE

Some years ago, Joni Mitchell penned a profound little tune that went "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got till it's gone, you pave paradise; and put up a parking lot."

Are we really gonna do that to the Raymond Theatre?

Let me just say that aside from the fact that I will duly deny quoting Joni Mitchell, that the theatre is a part of history; and we're gonna tear it down?

For what - Another Jamba Juice?
Another Paquito Mas?
How much coffee can one person drink?

The majesty of Southern California, as well as Pasadena's colorful past, is slowly but surely being exhausted.

Is it less a crime to destroy the painstaking artistry still living in walls of the Raymond Theatre, than it would be to obliterate the Pasadena Playhouse?

I have heard it argued that the Raymond isn't earthquake proof. That it can be destroyed by an earthquake is no reason to hasten its demise.

To be ravaged by the forces of nature has dignity that is simply not present when the destruction is cause by the greedy forces of one man. Think I'm Kidding Check out my former guitarist.

Do we need another Gap, another William Sonoma, another Krispy Kreme. Well, maybe a Krispy Kreme.

But Let's don't tear down the Raymond Theatre.

There is plenty of room for the future and beyond.

This town has always been up around the front bumper of our culture. There is no question about our capacity to advance and compete in any department.

What we certainly don't need is another paved paradise -

Let's preserve The Raymond Theatre as the landmark it deserves to be!

Sincerely,
David Lee Roth
Pasadena, California

www.davidleeroth.com