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January 29, 2010
The Key Club Where: 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood When: Shows nightly Price: Varies per show Contact: (310) 274-5800; www.keyclub.com
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June 7, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By August Brown
This post has been updated. See note at the bottom for details. The center of L.A.'s music gravity shifted eastward long ago, but the iconic rock clubs along the Sunset Strip have generally managed to keep their doors open. That will change this month, as the LA Weekly is reporting that the Key Club will shutter March 15. The venue, which has lately hosted a melange of hip-hop shows, hard rock and grab-bag local sets, doesn't have any shows listed beyond this week. The Weekly cites several sources connected to the club that suggest its days are numbered, and the venue confirmed in a statement from operations manager Ian Shepp that it will close March 15 (the full statement is below)
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May 15, 2013 | By August Brown
The rap-rock leviathan Linkin Park hasn't played in its L.A. hometown since a small May 2012 benefit show at the House of Blues. Today, the group announced that it will end that absence with a headlining turn at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival. "We started our career playing clubs on the Strip. It's a thrill to be back where it all began," lead singer Chester Bennington said in a statement. The band's fifth and most recent album, "Living Things," topped album charts when it was released last summer, and it was generally praised for its more thoughtful mix of electronics and emotive hard rock.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2012
MUSIC The South-L.A.-raised rapper the Game may now live in Glendale, but his snarling and self-referential lyricism is still a force to reckon. Odd Future dominates the rap buzz in town, but Game still rocks the proverbial khakis with a cuff and a crease like few peers. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. $35-$60. http://www.keyclub.com
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013
The center of L.A.'s music gravity shifted eastward long ago, but the iconic rock clubs along the Sunset Strip have generally managed to keep their doors open. That will change this month, as the Key Club will shutter March 15. The club first opened in the 1960s and operated for years as Gazzarri's, named after owner Bill Gazzarri. L.A. bands including the Doors, Van Halen and Guns N' Roses played its stage. The club cycled through ownership in the '90s, and after the original structure was damaged in the Northridge quake, it was rebuilt as Billboard Live.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2010
Bay Area icon E-40 (real name is Earl Stevens) has been a force in the hip-hop game since he first arrived on the scene in the 1980s. He's made a name for himself with his quirky flow, and, more recently, he's popularized the "hyphy" scene. For this show, he'll get some help from Foci, Prease, the Circuit, Bellz, Da Paranormal and Eyedrop. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. Sat. $25. www.keyclub.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
The current reigning air guitar champ in the U.S. is the fabulously named Matt "Romeo Dance Cheetah" Cornelison, but like the empire of Rome, he will eventually fall. At this regional air-off of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, competitors will get 60 seconds of play in two rounds (freestyle and compulsory), after which they will either get to advance on the power of their Pete Townshend-esque windmills, or be sent home. The winner of the night will then go off to the finals in Chicago, and then, you guessed it, Oulu, Finland, for the Air Guitar World Championships.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2009 | Jeff Weiss
In the eight months since dropping his critically lauded, "Seinfeld"-themed, "Mixtape About Nothing," Washington, D.C.'s, Wale has emerged as one of the leading lights of hip-hop's rapidly rising Generation Y -- with Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio even taking in last month's show at New York's Highline Ballroom. Judging from his bravura performance Thursday night at the Key Club, the buzz around the Interscope-signed phenom is absolutely warranted.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2010 | By Charlie Amter
Earlier this month, the city of West Hollywood began work on repaving Sunset Boulevard for the first time since the 1930s. The makeover is more than metaphorical for many businesses on the Sunset Strip, including the iconic Key Club, which is undergoing its own beautification project -- a surprise to some who thought the club might be on its last legs. "I grew up right down the street from here, and I'm committed to bringing back the Sunset Strip night life that I remember," said new Key Club proprietor Ian Shepp inside the venue last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013
The center of L.A.'s music gravity shifted eastward long ago, but the iconic rock clubs along the Sunset Strip have generally managed to keep their doors open. That will change this month, as the Key Club will shutter March 15. The club first opened in the 1960s and operated for years as Gazzarri's, named after owner Bill Gazzarri. L.A. bands including the Doors, Van Halen and Guns N' Roses played its stage. The club cycled through ownership in the '90s, and after the original structure was damaged in the Northridge quake, it was rebuilt as Billboard Live.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By August Brown
This post has been updated. See note at the bottom for details. The center of L.A.'s music gravity shifted eastward long ago, but the iconic rock clubs along the Sunset Strip have generally managed to keep their doors open. That will change this month, as the LA Weekly is reporting that the Key Club will shutter March 15. The venue, which has lately hosted a melange of hip-hop shows, hard rock and grab-bag local sets, doesn't have any shows listed beyond this week. The Weekly cites several sources connected to the club that suggest its days are numbered, and the venue confirmed in a statement from operations manager Ian Shepp that it will close March 15 (the full statement is below)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2012
MUSIC The South-L.A.-raised rapper the Game may now live in Glendale, but his snarling and self-referential lyricism is still a force to reckon. Odd Future dominates the rap buzz in town, but Game still rocks the proverbial khakis with a cuff and a crease like few peers. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. $35-$60. http://www.keyclub.com
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
We've learned that Black Cards, featuring bassist Pete Wentz, will make a surprise performance Friday night at Paul & Andre in Hollywood, as Details magazine brings its "Details @ Midnight" sessions to L.A. And though we hate to ruin a surprise, we love talking to Wentz — about his favorite L.A. venues and the particular sound that makes his son happiest. What's special about a surprise gig ? It can end up being either super disappointing or awesome for the audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
The current reigning air guitar champ in the U.S. is the fabulously named Matt "Romeo Dance Cheetah" Cornelison, but like the empire of Rome, he will eventually fall. At this regional air-off of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, competitors will get 60 seconds of play in two rounds (freestyle and compulsory), after which they will either get to advance on the power of their Pete Townshend-esque windmills, or be sent home. The winner of the night will then go off to the finals in Chicago, and then, you guessed it, Oulu, Finland, for the Air Guitar World Championships.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2010
Bay Area icon E-40 (real name is Earl Stevens) has been a force in the hip-hop game since he first arrived on the scene in the 1980s. He's made a name for himself with his quirky flow, and, more recently, he's popularized the "hyphy" scene. For this show, he'll get some help from Foci, Prease, the Circuit, Bellz, Da Paranormal and Eyedrop. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. Sat. $25. www.keyclub.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2000 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the leader of the so-called Latin music revolution that took the U.S. by storm last year, Ricky Martin routinely ignites waves of hysteria among his fans. So the Puerto Rican singer's appearance Monday at the Key Club figured to attract swarms of paparazzi and mobs of screaming women. But instead it was a surprisingly low-key affair. Martin calmly walked the red carpet outside the Sunset Strip nightclub, pausing to answer questions from a handful of television reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ and BILL BILLITER and HOPE HAMASHIGE and DEBRA CANO
The City Council has commended the Key Club at Villa Park High School for a project to help abused and abandoned children. Key Club members are conducting a citywide, house-to-house campaign to collect toys, children's clothing and check or cash donations. A representative of the high school club said the donated items and money will go to Casita de San Jose, a nonprofit group that helps children who have been mistreated or left homeless.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2010
The Key Club Where: 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood When: Shows nightly Price: Varies per show Contact: (310) 274-5800; www.keyclub.com
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2010 | By Charlie Amter
Earlier this month, the city of West Hollywood began work on repaving Sunset Boulevard for the first time since the 1930s. The makeover is more than metaphorical for many businesses on the Sunset Strip, including the iconic Key Club, which is undergoing its own beautification project -- a surprise to some who thought the club might be on its last legs. "I grew up right down the street from here, and I'm committed to bringing back the Sunset Strip night life that I remember," said new Key Club proprietor Ian Shepp inside the venue last week.
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