While West Hollywood’s Roxy Theater was one of the places to be if you were into the L.A. music scene in the 1980s, it was also the place to be if you wanted to party and partying in the 80s meant two things, drugs and debauchery.
In conjunction with the premier of ABC’s WICKED CITY, Thought Catalog present seven events that defined the Roxy as a venue for firsts in popular music and as a partying Mecca.
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The Whisky A Go-Go started out as a dance club in the fifties featuring caged Go-Go dancers and over the decades became one of the most iconic clubs on the Sunset Strip. In the 60s, house bands like the Doors graduated to international fame because of the exposure they got from playing the Whisky.
The 70s saw a thriving punk scene play there as well and while the Whisky fell on hard times financially in the 80s, the club still managed to feature some of the decade’s most iconic acts while they were still in their infancy.
Some of us just have too much personality for this decade. If you think you can’t handle the monotony of a desk job, maybe it’s because you were really meant for the lifestyle of a rocker. Specifically, a head-banging, hair-whipping 80s rocker. For decades, The Rainbow Bar & Grill in LA has been a premiere meeting place for musicians and their fans. But in no decade did it rock harder than the 80s, when bands like Mötley Crüe would frequent the bar and raise hell.
In anticipation of ABC’s upcoming series WICKED CITY, we paid homage to 80s rockers (and rockers at heart) everywhere.