Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood)
The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip
|Address||9009 W Sunset Blvd|
|Location||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 the Santa Monica Flyers (billed as Crazy Horse, a related ensemble) played the Roxy for the first week it was open. Only three months later, the 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 in part, to the intimate atmosphere and good acoustics of the venue).
Tom Eyen's hit comedy Women Behind Bars enjoyed a long extended run with such stars as Lu Leonard, Adrienne Barbeau, Sally Kellerman, and Linda Blair, and was the site of the very first AIDS benefit ever held in Los Angeles on July 27, 1983.
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.
In January of 2014, Goldenvoice became the exclusive promoter for The Roxy & ushered in a new era by bringing in big-name acts such as U2 & Foo Fighters. Today, the club is booked by talent buyer Gaston Leone.
Recordings and notable performances
- Neil Young recorded the live album Roxy: Tonight's The Night Live on September 20-22, 1973. The album was released in April 2018.
- Jazz group The Crusaders recorded the live album Scratch at the Roxy in 1974.
- Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention recorded most of their Roxy and Elsewhere (1974) album during December 1973. Since 1974, various albums have included material from those shows. In 2015, a live concert video was released showing those performances. The entire series of performances (all four public shows from December 9-10, 1973) was released as a 7CD box set in February 2018.
- Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded Live at the Roxy (released in 2008) on May 26, 1976.
- The Ramones played their first California concert at the Roxy on August 11, 1976. The concert scenes for their 1979 movie Rock 'n' Roll High School were filmed at the Roxy in December 1978.
- George Benson's Platinum live album Weekend in L.A. (1978) was culled from a three-night engagement at The Roxy from September 30 – October 2, 1977.
- Nine songs from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's Live/1975-85 album were recorded at the Roxy from shows in 1975 and 1978. The 1978 show was also broadcast on local radio station KMET and released as a live album in July 2018.
- Van Morrison recorded a radio show in November 1978 that was released as a promo LP Live at the Roxy.
- The live album Welcome to the Club 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.
- English prog rock band Gentle Giant played their last gig here on June 16, 1980. The soundboard recording was later released as the live album The Last Steps.
- Warren Zevon's live album, Stand in the Fire, was recorded during five shows he played at The Roxy in April 1980.
- Musician Stevie Wonder played a concert at the Roxy featuring the first ever live performances of his hits Lately and Master Blaster (Jammin').
- Billy & The Beaters' 1981 debut album (including singles "I Can Take Care of Myself" and "At This Moment") was recorded live at the Roxy January 15–17, 1981.
- In 1984, Ratt recorded the video for their hit single "Back for More" from the album Out of the Cellar at The Roxy.
- Guns N' Roses recorded Live at the Roxy in 1986.
- Jane's Addiction recorded the basic tracks for their 1987 self-titled debut album, at The Roxy in January, 1987. While the album was finished in studio, the band hoped tracking the basics live would better help capture the energy and essence of the band.
- The Too Hot For Snakes album by Carla Olson and Mick Taylor was recorded on March 4, 1990.
- Agent Orange's live album Real Live Sound was recorded here on July 21, 1990.
- System of a Down made their first performance here in 1993, due to their manager and bassist persisting.
- NOFX's live album I Heard They Suck Live!! was recorded at the Roxy 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 was 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 Theatre on July 18, 2004.
- Sum 41 shot the video for their song "Screaming Bloody Murder" at the Roxy on April 3, 2011.
- Fuse TV taped the live performance of Red Hot Chili Peppers for Fuse Presents: Red Hot Chili Peppers Live from the Roxy on August 22, 2011.
- KoRn shot the performance part of the video for their song "Narcissistic Cannibal" at the Roxy on September 27, 2011.
- Escape the Fate released a DVD, Escape the Fate: Live from the Roxy from their free show there on January 6, 2013. It was included in their Deluxe version of the album Ungrateful.
- Romano, Tricia (December 4, 2009). "Reviving the Roxy: Can the Strip Follow?". New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
- "Frank Zappa's Roxy Performances box set planned". teamrock.com. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- "Agent Orange (7) - Real Live Sound". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-28.