If you are visiting LA, forget about the Hard Rock Cafe and go to Whiskys. Whisky A Go Go, affectionately known as Whiskys, is probably one of the most famous nightclubs in LA and the rock and roll music scene.
Since it opened on the Sunset Strip in 1964, Whiskys has been the launching pad for many of rock and rolls most important bands. These include The Doors, System of a Down, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Steppenwolf, Van Halen, Johnny Rivers, Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park and Mötley Crüe. It has also played host to such legendary recording artists as Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. It continues to launch the careers of recording artists to this day.
It has been such a significant anchor on Sunset Strip and has been such an influence on the careers of many of the great rock bands that in 2006, Whiskys was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now 43 years since it opened, lines still crowd the sidewalk at the entrance and the walls of the club are adorned with memorabilia of the rock legends that have played there.
My first time to Whiskys was to photograph the signing party of Gerry Beckley from America as a solo artist to Blu Elan Records along with Janey Street, both of which had just released new EPs represented by the label.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for a significant event and I wish I had space here to show you more of the photos.
Needless to say, if you like music at all, then Whiskys needs to be on your bucket list of places to go. And if you are visiting LA, this historic venue is the one place you want to be sure to not miss.