The legendary Key Club on the famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood (WeHo) is closing its doors for good on March 15th after 15 years of serving up the best unsigned bands and acts in Los Angeles. Operations Manager Ian Shepp released the following statement Monday (March 4th).
“It is with a heavy heart that I share this news with you. Regretfully, we will be closing our doors at the Key Club on Friday, March 15th. To everyone who’s called Key Club a second home, I can’t thank you enough for supporting us and the artists who’ve rocked our stage.
“In the coming months our space will welcome a new project, which I encourage you to check out. Until then, we’re going out with a bang! The last two weeks of our events calendar is packed with performances from our favorite artists, and we’ll be making sure the Key Club’s last night on the Sunset Strip is nothing short of legendary.
“This is our final goodbye as Key Club on Sunset. It has been an honor and privilege to share our passion for music with you. We hope that you will continue to support the remaining independent live music venues on Sunset Strip – our neighbors at The Roxy, The Whisky A Go Go and The Viper Room.
“Rock on and thanks for an incredible ride!”
“It has been an honor and privilege to share our passion for music with you.”
The Key Club has been a staple for upcoming rock, metal, jazz and hip hop bands on the Sunset Strip for the last 15 years. Before it became the Key Club in 1998, it was known as Gazzarri’s which played host to some of rock’s most iconic acts like The Doors, Guns N Roses, The Byrds and Van Halen as well as the 80s glam rock movement. Comedy Central Presents: Gene Simmons Roast was filmed at the famous venue.
Gazzarri’s opened in 1967 before closing in 1993, two years after owner Bill Gazzarri’s death. LA Weekly reports the club suffered enough damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake that a new building had to be built before opening as Billboard Live in 1995 and then being renamed The Key Club a few years later.
It appears the final show at the Key Club (as of press time) will be this Friday, March 8th featuring Kix, Femme Fatale and Deep Pink, among others. I’m sure the music will run through March 15th as they finalize acts to perform through next week.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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