West Hollywood News
Key Club In Hollywood Closing
By Sami Mello
Mar 7, 2013 - 12:31:50 PM
WEST HOLLYWOOD—For nearly two decades, The Key Club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood has been a thriving epicenter of musical culture, but this month it closes its doors for good.
The Key Club first came into prominence in the 60s, when it was called Gazzarri’s and The Doors was the house band. Under this name, it became a legendary venue. It’s where Van Halen got their start and where Guns N’ Roses was discovered.
In 1998, the venue became The Key Club, after the original building had been torn down and rebuilt due to damages. It has since hosted a diverse variety of musical acts, from rap artist, The Game, to English punk rockers, The Adicts.
However, in 2009, nightclubs on the Sunset Strip were experiencing a decline in business and The Key Club temporarily shut down, only to re-emerge as a pay-to-play venue in 2010. Because of this, the Club took a great deal of criticism from musicians and fans alike and it’s reputation as a respectable venue suffered.
In an official closing statement, Key Club Operations Manager Ian Shepp said the venue is set to close on March 15, but a new project will be unveiled in the coming months. Shepp also assured that the Club’s final days on the Strip will be the most memorable and encouraged people to support neighboring venues: The Roxy, The Viper Room and The Whisky.
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