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