Tuesday, 19 November 2013

40 Years of the Roxy

On September 23, 1973, the Roxy Theatre opened its doors for the first time in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip.  The past 40 years of The Roxy has provided a rich legacy for the West Coast’s musical heritage.  The original owners were music producer Lou Adler and Elmer Valentine, along with original partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher.

The Roxy kicked off its opening week with multi-night performances by Neil Young and his then-band the Santa Monica Flyers. A wide variety of local and international acts have followed Neil with appearances at the Roxy.  Because of The Roxy’s intimate setting and ideal acoustics, it’s not surprising that dozens of acts recorded live albums at the venue. Most notably, nine songs from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Live/1975-85 album were recorded at the Roxy including Thunder Road, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), and Backstreets.
Van Morrison, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Bob Marley & The Wailers and Warren Zevon also recorded live albums during the early years of the venue.  According to "Mr Statistics" Gunter Becker Van played one live gig at the Roxy on November 26, 1978.  He played 14 songs and the concert lasted 1 hour 28 minutes and 2 seconds.   
The Roxy has also hosted numerous non-musical.  Paul Reuben most famously debuted his classic character Pee-wee Herman on stage there in 1981, which also featured Saturday Night live great Phil Hartman.  Also, the cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Show debuted its live shows at The Roxy in 1974, before being made into the film version The Rocky Horror Picture Show the following year.

Long may The Roxy continue as an iconic music venue.  

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