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Ben Gibbard, Duff McKagan, Mike McCready & more lead campaign to save historic Seattle venue

ABC/Randy HolmesDeath Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Guns N' Roses Duff McKagan, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and rapper Macklemore are leading a campaign to save Seattle's historic music venue The Showbox, which a developer is planning to tear down to build a high-rise apartment.

"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," says Gibbard.

"This Showbox Market demolition cannot stand!" continues McKagan. "This place has musically flavored what Seattle IS at its core. Progress is great and all, but not at the cost of the soul of the city."

McCready adds that the Showbox is "integral to the social fabric of the Seattle music scene."

"The Showbox is a classy, relevant venue as important as CBGBs, The First Avenue, Filmore East and West, The Troubadour and Whisky to name a few," McCready says.

He adds, "I'm 100 [percent] into saving the Showbox for the future. It's existence is imperative to the soul and heart of our fantastic city! SAVE THE SHOWBOX!"

Over 150 artists have signed an open letter in support of making The Showbox a landmark, including Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills and Peter Buck, Portugal. the Man, Queens of the Stone Age, Stone Temple Pilots and The Black Keys.

According to The Seattle Times, a Vancouver based-developer filed plans with the city to build a $100 million high rise on the site of The Showbox. The building is set to be 440 feet high and include 442 apartment units.

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