Hey, bud, let’s party! Faux Jeff Spicoli hosts ‘Fast Times’ and rolls out the best of ’80s rock at Whisky A Go-G0 every Monday
The Whisky A Go-Go is slowly but surely getting back into the swing of rocking your face off again with awesome live shows and concerts that will make you remember exactly why the Sunset Strip is the birthplace of rock and roll.
There is nowhere else in the city of Los Angeles where you’re going to get as much world-class entertainment–for $10, no less–than at Whisky’s weekly event, “Fast Times.”
The moniker is both the name of the event and the band that headlines the evening of totally awesome all-1980s hits at the hottest party you’re ever going to find anywhere in Hollywood on a Monday night.
It’s actually more precise to say that “Fast Times” is the name of the band, and the band is an event. They deliver note-perfect covers of high-energy, fist-pumping rock and pop classics by bands everyone loves, like Depeche Mode, Beastie Boys, and Bon Jovi, and the energy in the room, the visuals, and the faux Jeff Spicoli host combine to make this one of the coolest Eighties parties this side of a Ridgemont High prom.
The band adds to the fun by dressing as four pop culture icons, including Nikki Sixx, Slash, Devo‘s Eighties-era drummer Alan Myers, and, of course, Jeff Spicoli, the character made famous by Sean Penn in the 1982 classic film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
In fact, the event feels like stepping into an ’80s prom, where the adrenaline makes you want to cut footloose for two hours non-stop until you’re sweating more than Jennifer Beals at the end of Flashdance. Oh, what a feeling!
Promoter Michael Fields does an excellent job of keeping a true, authentic rock and roll vibe alive on the Sunset Strip. And Fields not only knows how to put on a hell of a party, but he also proves he can rock with the best of ’em.
Fields stepped on stage in the middle of the show and handled lead on a scorching cover of the Beasties’ “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party” that had the entire room singing, shouting jumping and absolutly grooving along with him as the band tore the roof off the Whisky on that song alone. And they continued that marvelous momentum until the close the show.
Sunset and Clark Insider Tip: If you want to save a few duckets to spend on beer at the Whisky, which is a reasonable $9, head over to the Rainbow for dinner before the show and pick up a flyer in the lobby for free admission to “Fast Times.”
Check out “Fast Times” every Monday at the Whisky A Go-Go, located at 8901 Sunset Blvd. at Clark St. The show usually kicks off at 8 p.m. with some great local bands.