The Roxy, The Whisky A Go Go, The Viper Room, and The Troubador: a quartet of Hollywood Sunset Strip nightclubs that changed music history. If you were an up and coming band in Los Angeles, these were your dream venues to perform at in hopes of breaking your band. The Whisky was so small, they introduced the concept of a go-go dancer to best utilize the space and as a gimmick to entice larger crowds. I’m sure health inspectors had a field day investigating the ultimate dive bar. But bands like The Doors, Metallica, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motley Crue, and Van Halen got their start as the house band here. A star-studded documentary called “A Shot Of Whisky” including interviews with Lemmy of Motorhead is included in a preview today.
The Roxy Theatre is just down the street in West Hollywood. The nightclub’s opening week was in 1973 and Neil Young with Crazy House was the house band. Three weeks later, the original Genesis lineup kept the momentum going. Soon it was THE spot to book L.A. tour dates. Bruce Springsteen recorded part of his live three CD box set at the venue. Guns N Roses tore up the place for an early live MTV concert special. Bob Marley even recorded his live album at the Roxy. So, sit back and enjoy a down and dirty night on the Sunset Boulevard with some classic videos.
“A SHOT OF WHISKY” MOVIE TRAILER
“WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE” (Live) GUNS N ROSES
“DOWN AT THE WHISKEY” MOTLEY CRUE