Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood)
The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip
|Location||9009 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069|
|Owner||Lou Adler and Nic Adler|
|Opened||September 23, 1973|
The Roxy was opened on September 23, 1973, by Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler, along with original partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher. They took over the building previously occupied by a strip club owned by Chuck Landis called the Largo. (Adler was also responsible for bringing the stage play The Rocky Horror Show to the United States, and it opened its first American run at The Roxy Theatre in 1974, before it was made into the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show the next year.)
Neil Young and his band The Santa Monica Flyers played the Roxy for the first week it was open. Only three months later, the original Genesis lineup with Peter Gabriel played several consecutive days at the Roxy, a run that some band members and many fans consider to be amongst their finest performances (due partially to the intimate atmosphere and good acoustics of the venue, as well as the legendary reputation of "Hollywood" amongst performers around the world).
The small On The Rox bar above the club has hosted a wide variety of debauchery in its history. The bar was a regular hangout for John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper and Keith Moon during Lennon's "lost weekend" in 1973-74 and hosted parties arranged by Heidi Fleiss in the 1980s.
Recordings and performances
Peter Gabriel played several shows at the Roxy during his first solo world tour from April 9 to 10, 1977 (2 performances/day). All of these shows was broadcast by FM local radio but has never released as an official record.
The Crusaders a well known jazz group recorded the live album Scratch at the Roxy in 1974. Scratch is one of the Crusaders' best recordings, an extravaganza of jazz and funk with great soloing from the group on top of a set of excellent grooves.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention recorded most of their celebrated Roxy and Elsewhere album during December 1973 at The Roxy. Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded Live at the Roxy here on May 26, 1976. Van Morrison recorded a radio show in November 1978 that was released as a promo LP Live At The Roxy. The concert scene for the 1979 movie "Rock N Roll High School", featuring a performance by The Ramones, was filmed at the Roxy in December 1978.
The fantastic live album 'Welcome to the Club (Ian Hunter album)' by the Ian Hunter Band, featuring Mick Ronson, was recorded at the Roxy during seven shows over a week in November 1979 and released the following year.
Jane's Addiction recorded the basic tracks for their 1987 self-titled debut album, Jane's Addiction, at The Roxy in January, 1987. While the album was ultimately finished in studio, the band hoped tracking the basics live would better help capture the energy and essence of the band.
Two live tracks "Pick it up (and put it in your pocket)" and "Can't Stop The Show" recorded on video at the Roxy in 1987 were included on "'Show Business Is My Life,' the 1995 compilation movie by Stan Ridgway.
The Too Hot For Snakes (aka Live At The Roxy) album by Carla Olson and Mick Taylor was recorded on March 4, 1990 and features Ian McLagan, Barry Goldberg, George Callins, Jesse Sublett, Rick Hemmert, Tom Jr Morgan, John Juke Logan.
NOFX's live album I Heard They Suck Live!! was recorded here on January 8–9, 1995. Michel Polnareff's live album, Live at the Roxy, was recorded in 1995 and released in 1996. Social Distortion released a live album, entitled Live At The Roxy on June 30, 1998, that contained material recorded on April 7–9, 1998.
The CD/DVD album Collision Course by Linkin Park and Jay-Z, comes with a DVD that contains behind the scene footage and the second take of all the Collision Course's songs at the Roxy Theatreon July 18, 2004. The Mighty Boosh performed their second stint of American shows at The Roxy Theatre in July 2009. The Roxy Theatre is featured in the 2008 video game, Midnight Club: Los Angeles.
The Royal Pirates held their fourth public Californian showcase at the Roxy on August 5–6, 2011.
Ariana Grande performed a sold out concert at the Roxy on February 19, 2012.
Jessie J has also played a show at The Roxy on April 9, 2012 to a crowd of 500 including Jason Derulo and band mates from The Wanted.
MENEW performed a sold out concert during their Wide Awake Hello Tour at the Roxy on August 14, 2012.
Tori Kelly performed a sold out concert at the Roxy on October 24, 2012 (which was streamed live online on Ustream).
Escape The Fate has recently released a DVD from their FREE show there on January 6, 2013. It was included in their Deluxe version of the album.