January 16, 1963 – The Whiskey A-Go-Go Opens

The Whisky a Go Go; Credit: Mike Dillon/Wikimedia Commons

L.A.’s iconic rock and roll venue on the Sunset Strip. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, the Whisky a Go-Go has been the launchpad for some of the biggest names in rock history including The Doors, The Byrds, Steppenwolf, Buffalo Springfield, Van Halen, Guns ‘n Roses, and Motley Crue.


For a club with a capacity of only 500, the Whisky a Go-Go holds a stadium’s worth of rock & roll history. 

The Whisky’s widescreen legacy runs from ’60 folk-pop and psychedelia into ’70s punk and new wave, through ’80 heavy metal and hard rock and ’90s alternative. In 2006, it became the first venue inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (A year before Van Halen, one of many Southern California stars who cut their teeth at 8901 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, was inducted.) 

The Whisky opened in 1964. Early this May, Mario Maglieri, owner of the Whisky a Go-Go and the equally storied Rainbow Bar and Grill, died at the age of 94. Tributes from large-font rockers poured in on social media. Guns N’ Roses guitar legend Slash posted on Instagram, “Lost dear old friend Mario Maglieri today. Owner of Rainbow Bar & Grill & The Whisky, he kept RnR alive in Hwd. We will never forget you. RIP.” 

With so many historic performances having taken place at the Whisky, it’s a challenge to narrow down the 10 most legendary. But we like challenges, so here they are.

Read more on the originally published article here. 


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