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Whisky a Go-Go

Past Venue Names:
The Whisky 1964 - 1966
  The Whisk? 1966
  Whisky a Go-Go 1966 - Present
8901 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Venue Type:
Operating Years:
January 11th, 1964 - Present
400 (1964-1982)
1000 (1982-Present - Approx)
Metallica Shows Played:
Saturday March 27th, 1982 First show, 9pm - Premiere of Metal Militia
Saturday March 27th, 1982 Second show, 11:30pm
Wednesday August 4th, 1982 Premiere of No Remorse
Friday August 27th, 1982  
Thursday December 14th, 1995 Only performances of Stone Dead Forever, Too Late Too Late
Also premieres of Overkill and Damage Case
All songs played here:
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch, Damage Case, Helpless, Hit The Lights, Jump In The Fire, Let It Loose,
The Mechanix, Metal Militia, Motorbreath, No Remorse, Overkill, Phantom Lord, The Prince, Seek & Destroy,
Stone Dead Forever, Sucking My Love, Too Late Too Late, We Are The Road Crew
  • In 1966, the Whisky was one of the centers of the Sunset Strip police riots. The club was harassed
    repeatedly by the City of Los Angeles, which once ordered that the name be changed, claiming "whisky"
    was a bad influence. This caused the brief name change to "The Whisk?"
  • A female DJ who danced while spinning records from a cage suspended in the air started the whole "girl
    dancing in cage" craze at clubs
  • The Whisky fell on hard times once the first flush of punk rock lost steam, and closed its doors in 1982. It
    reopened in 1986 as a "four-wall", a venue that could be rented by promoters and bands. Although a few
    booths remain on the perimeter, the interior has mostly been transformed into an open space where the
    audience stands throughout the performances.

Circa 1966

Circa 1970