If you’ve taken the obligatory cruise down Sunset in LA, you’ve probably seen the Whiskey a Go Go. It was fifty years ago today–January 16, 1964–that the club opened for business. The Hollywood Reporter takes a look.
Sunset Strip institution Whisky a Go Go celebrates its 50th anniversary on Jan. 16 with a show by Robby Krieger. His group The Doors were the nightclub’s house band in the years after the Whisky made discotheque and go-go dancers a national craze. The iconic building went on to anchor the Sunset Strip music scene from surf to punk to metal to now, and gave important early exposure to Neil Young, Frank Zappa (who married Whisky secretary Gail Sloatman), Johnny Rivers, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, X, The Motels, Guns N’ Roses and Soundgarden.
It was also the hangout for Janis Joplin, Motley Crue, Jane’s Addiction and countless others–including a lot of famous (and infamous) non-musicians. Keep reading.