Times are tough on the Sunset Strip, with veteran live-music venues like The Roxy, Rainbow, and Whiskey struggling to stave off a fate like the Knitting Factory’s, which closed last month. After striking planned performances through December and shuttering on Sunday, The Key Club swears this is merely a temporary closure for remodeling while bringing a new partner on board.
Key Club president Keith Pressman tells The L.A. Times today that, “As far as everyone is concerned we’re dead and buried, but this is just a temporary thing.” He doesn’t reveal details to the changes taking place, but his peers are struggling to make a profit amid a serious drop-off in area attendance since the heydays of The Doors, Motley Crue, Janes Addiction, and recent, in-demand Metal Skool.
The troubles that these clubs are experiencing has traditional nightlife leaders looking in an unpredictable place–the once under-the-radar streets of Silver Lake and Echo Park. The Roxy’s Nic Adler, quoted as saying this year’s business has been “worse than you can imagine,” thinks Sunset mega-clubs have a lot to learn from their shaggier counterparts. “Their community really participates…our community in West Hollywood moved out.” Let’s hope Jann Wenner reads this.