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Amazing moments in music history that happened on the Sunset Strip

From the 1960s to the 1980s, the Sunset Strip was a gathering place for major rock 'n' roll legends who shocked everyday people and made history.

A look back at some curious stories about music that happened on the Sunset Strip

Sunset Boulevardbetter known as Sunset Stripis one of the main streets Los Angeleswhich is home to trendy clubs and chic restaurants, including the renowned "Whisky a Go Go". The street extends into 36 kilometres and covers Hollywood, Beverly Hills. and other prestigious neighbourhoods where many films have been made! This is also where the old Warner Brothers Studiosentered in the national register historic sites in the United States.

But it's not just the sights that have made Sunset Strip famous: it's also where some of the wildest and most incredible events have taken place at various times, and which have gone down in world music history forever. С 1960-х by 1980-е for years, the Sunset Strip has been the gathering place for major rock 'n' roll legendsToday, the place is adorned with numerous billboards, but once it was a place of plenty partiesand illegal substances and debauchery and absolute freedom for nearly three decades!

"The Doors and a disrupted show at Whisky a Go Go.

The Doors at a photo shoot at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles in 1968. Photo by Guy Webster.
"The Doors at a photo shoot at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles in 1968. Photo by Guy Webster

A nightclub in West Hollywood. "Whisky a Go Go" - is one of the most iconic spots on the Sunset Strip. The high-profile reputation of this establishment is largely due to the fact that in 1966 the club's stage was almost entirely owned by the scandalous band "The Doors.".

Whisky a Go Go Club
Whisky a Go Go Club

The band played at Whisky a Go Go for more than three months straight, but during their last performance, the lead vocalist Jim Morrison almost missed the whole show.

The story goes that Morrison locked himself in a Tropicana motel under the influence of illegal substances. At that time his comrades in The Doors had already started the show! But the audience demanded a vocalist, so the musicians had to go in search of him in the middle of the show. Dragging him into "Whisky a Go Go"they continued the concert. The not-so-sober Jim had no choice but to improvise on their last song "The End.".

Protests

Pandora's Box Club
Pandora's Box Club

Just three months after "The Doors." stopped playing "Whisky a Go Go"on Sunset Strip a protest broke out. The riot started near a popular nightclub "Pandora's Box" 12 November 1966. years. The reason was the recently introduced curfew at 22:00. These measures were taken in order to eliminate drunken youths in a timely manner, thus avoiding a lot of problems.

The 1966 protest outside the Pandora's Box club.
The 1966 protest outside the Pandora's Box club.

Voltage between the young partygoers and the law enforcement agencies rapidly escalated. Soon a large group of protesters with placards appeared: people insisted on the cancellation of the curfew. Many years later, the musician Tommy McLaughlin reminisced:

"Flyers were handed out, radio stations were informed, and word of mouth spread through the streets. And a thousand people came: party people, Marines on leave, hippies and high school kids, and cameos by Peter Fonda, Sonny and Cher, and even Bob Denver!"

Unfortunately, the protest only ended by closing the club. But at least the youngsters had a good night!

Tom Petty's in search of a contract

Tom Petty in 1976. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/ Redferns/ Getty Images
Tom Petty in 1976. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/ Redferns/ Getty Images

When Tom Petty arrived in Los Angeles from Florida with a group of friends, the first thing they did was drive up and down the Sunset Strip! The area was home to dozens of record labels and they wanted to get there.

"...we just went to every door with our cassette and said, 'Hi, we just got here from Florida, can we play you this cassette?" - Petty described those days.

"Led Zeppelin and the occupation of Riot House.

Robert Plant on the balcony of the Riot House Hotel.
Robert Plant on the balcony of the Riot House Hotel.

Luxury hotel "Riot House." was home to a lot of lechers в 1970-х years. Today it is spoken of as a testing ground for iconic rock stars who trashed the venue's rooms....

The Riot House Hotel today
The Riot House Hotel today

However, no one tested the walls of Riot House and the nerves of the staff as thoroughly as they did "Led Zeppelin."!

When the band stayed here, they rented the entire top floor at once - well, so no one would get in the way party hard! One legend has it that the drummer. John Bonham once drove down the corridor "Riot House." on a motorbike!

"When the lift doors opened on the top floor, I saw nearly a foot of foam on the floor, and then a naked girl slipped past... followed by another, and then John Paul Jones and John Bonham ran through!" - recounted session musician Jim Sullivan.

"The Rolling Stones" and throwing a TV set.

A young Keith Richards ...
A young Keith Richards

Not to be left out of the grand tradition of smashing up a hotel. "Riot House.", в 1972 the year a drunken Keith Richards threw a television set right out of the window of his hotel room! The incident was captured on video by a documentary film maker by Robert Frank.

https://youtu.be/YqI4CiDQXcM

Other rock stars have decided to carry on the tradition, perhaps thinking that it was throwback TV that made the Richards such an inimitable genius.

Nikki Sixx gave everyone a scare.

Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx

This situation happened during one crazy party. "Mötley Crüe" in-house Slasha of "Guns n' Roses". That night. Sixx had overindulged in alcohol and substances and at some point lost consciousness. With no signs of life, he was declared dead for almost two minutes.

In the end, the dosage adrenaline revitalised the bassist of Mötley Crüe. The situation itself inspired Sixx's famous classic "Kickstart my Heart".

The passing of John Belushi

John Belushi
John Belushi

It's one of the most famous and tragic stories stormy days Sunset Strip. In 1982, the actor John Belushi rented a room for $200 a night at the hotel. "Chateau Marmont". He reportedly stayed up all night using illegal substances with the singer before his death Katy Smith. Throughout the evening he was also visited by Hollywood stars such as. Robert De Niro и Robin Williams.

Actor John Belushi
Actor John Belushi

Smith subsequently incurred criminal liabilityeven though the woman denied her guilt.

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