Sunset Strip is home to a number of legendary music venues, many of which were the launching pads for what became the biggest bands in the country. One of these is the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. The Roxy is known by music lovers all over the world.
The Roxy was opened in 1973 my music industry powerhouses Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, David Geffen Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher. Neil Young played the Roxy the first week it was open. The small bar above the club, On the Rox, was a regular hangout for John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson. It was also known to host parties arranged by Heidi Fleiss in the eighties.
Notable performers at the Roxy include Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, the Ramones who played their first California concert at the Roxy in 1976, George Benson, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
The Roxy is situated near other famous nightclubs and music venues on the strip including Whisky A Go Go, The Viper Room, and The Rainbow Room. In the days when Laurel Canyon was home to so many of the musicians that were to become legends, this section of Sunset Strip is where they came to play.
Since its opening, the Roxy has been a major player in LA’s music scene. Anyone with a love for the rock music that came out of this area in the sixties and seventies (and to this day) will want to make a trip down this section of Sunset Strip part of their visit to Los Angeles.