The Roxy Theatre and Rainbow Bar Declared West Hollywood Landmarks

The Rainbow bar & grill and the Roxy on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2019. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Image
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Rock and roll will live forever on the Sunset Strip. The West Hollywood City Council has voted to designate legendary rock club The Roxy and its next door neighbor, the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill, with landmark status.

The Roxy was opened in 1973 with three nights of shows by Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers. Over the course of that first year, the club welcomed Linda Ronstadt, Cheech and Chong, Genesis, the Temptations and Frank Zappa to grace its performance stage. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Duran Duran, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Dolly Parton, and the Sex Pistols are just some of the music legends that have played the now officially landmark club.

“By designating The Roxy historic, it ensures that we’ll continue to be part of the Sunset Strip yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” said Lou Adler, one of club’s original owners, in a statement.

Also designated with landmark status: the Rainbow Bar & Grill, a notorious rock hangout where legends including Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Harry Nilssen, and Neil Diamond would party with groupies and local celebrities. Before his death in 2015, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead was fixture there, and could regularly be found there at the bar or playing video games. A statue of the rocker now stands at the venue.




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