While “Cherry Pie” wasn’t released until the early 1990s, Warrant got its start in the mid-80s, promoting themselves in the raunchiest ways they could think of to cut through the noise and attract an audience. Their ties to the Whisky were so strong that in May of this year for a concert cause they consider it the spot where their careers really began.
2. The Bangles
The Bangles not only got their start at the Whisky but wouldn’t have ever formed without it. The band’s founder, Susanna Hoffs, has said she’d grown up dreaming of playing at the Whisky and later formed the Bangles after posting a flyer at the club. The all-female group performed there for the first time shortly after.
3. Motley Crue
Known for being one of the most outrageous bands of the 80s, Motley Crue’s members actually lived just around the corner from the Whisky in a roach infested apartment when they were coming up and the club served as a launching pad for their later success.
4. The Go-Go’s
The Go-Go’s started playing the Whisky in 1979 but it wasn’t until their debut album dropped in 1981 that they took off like a rocket. Blending pop and punk with wildly catchy melodies, the all girl band’s first album eventually went triple platinum and their hit singles are tunes that people can hum along to even in 2015.
5. Nina Hagen
Exhibiting all the stylistic excesses the 80’s rock scene had to offer, it wasn’t until East German import Nina Hagen hit the American scene and played the Whisky in 1980 that her career started to take off. Hits like “New York, New York,” while seemingly bizarre today, were very much pushing the limits of rock n’ roll experimentation. It was a time of genre blending and Hagen’s mix of disco, rock, and punk fit the bill.
Originally forming in L.A., Metallica finally gelled at the Whisky in 1982 when bassist Cliff Burton was recruited into the band. Prior to leaving L.A. for San Francisco, Metallica was an opener for bands at the Whisky, honing their hard metal sound into a sharp edge there.
Ratt was playing parties, L.A. dive bars, and giving away recordings of their music prior to playing at the Whisky. After the newfound exposure their first album “Out of the Cellar” eventually went triple platinum and was ranked number seven in 1984.
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