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Viper Room, Back From The Dead?

Beverage News

11.10.2008

The Viper Room

For all of those who do not live in Hollywood, California I will start by clarifying that the Viper Room is not half the hot spot it was in the 1990’s. Once known for River Phoenix dying right outside the front door and a recycled clip of Tommy Lee decking a paparazzi on the sidewalk. The Viper Room clout waned through the 90’s and into the new millennium. The nail in the coffin was when co-founder/partner Johnny Depp cashed out and walked away from the club. Suddenly it was just another iconic place on Sunset Strip booking crappy bands – anybody with 12 bucks could get inside.

The 1980’s tribute/parody act Steel Panther started at the Viper in 1998 as a band called Camaro and then Metal Shop. The act was a local favorite and soon the Viper found itself bursting at the seems every Monday night (The Viper only holds about 80 people). By 2002, Metal Shop moved across the street to the four times larger, Roxy Theatre. The brief stint of actually mattering again in the L.A. nightlife scene was over.

XXX

Enter XXX. Formed by a series of L.A. natives and local club icons, this male backed/girl fronted band could just be the thing to get the Viper Room back on the map. XXX covers mostly punk songs, ranging from Joan Jett to Rancid. The girls are hot and – as hard as it is for me to concede such a thing – the guys are too. Between the 6 members of XXX there are enough tattoos to hold another convention on the Queen Mary. The live show is a blur of loud rock ‘n’ roll, and perfect L.A. bodies flailing all over the stage. Expect some flashing from both the band and the crowd and don’t be surprised to go home with a free drink – thrown on your shirt.

Check out XXX every Monday night at the Viper Room on West Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip. Do it now before the show moves down the block, the ticket price doubles and the crowd is all from Orange County.



Comments

  1. sam | Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Without a doubt the coolest name for a club in the history of club names. I’ve always wanted to see Tenacious D play this venue, but probably never again.


  2. L. | Thursday, November 13, 2008

    this picture almost reminds me of the good ol’ cbgb times… to think i was at the viper only a couple of times doing the touristy tour and almost thought it was a chic place compared to the cat club or the rainbow..i’ll definetely check it again when i come back to la.


  3. nikki r. | Friday, November 14, 2008

    YEAHHH THE VIPER ROOM IS AWESOME..!!!!!!!!
    SHIT BILLY PLAYES THERE EVERY MONDAY AND THE BAND IS AMAZING..!!!!! HOT CHICKS AND HOT BODIES…….MONDAY RULES THERE SO MAKE SURE TO GO…..AND ASK FOR O’DOYLE


  4. Noe S | Saturday, November 15, 2008

    shit sounds legit .gorgeous girls ,wild drinks and wild nights!


  5. regina | Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    is that stop 2 on my club tour,after the rainbow?
    regina


  6. Vikki | Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Right on, I’m with ya for XXX…Lately I’ve spent more time walking by the Viper Room than going in…but last week, I saw the XXX show and feel like I now have a reason to go in!! Prepare to get messy, but thats half the fun.


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