Sunset Boulevard welcomes rockin’ resurgence thanks to Rainbow’s ‘Party in the Parking Lot’ and Whisky’s tireless championing of live rock n’ roll.
For almost two long, agonizing years, the world-famous Sunset Strip’s “Rock Row” seemed like a ghost town because of the pandemic and it’s stranglehold on the fears of the general public.
But once the mask debates subsided and the world got back to semi-normal, the sounds of authentic rock and roll began once again filling the Sunset Strip with a buzz that has kept the scene alive since then, courtesy of some of the coolest concerts to ever hit WeHo post-pandemic.
The Whisky A Go-Go and Rainbow Bar and Grill should be commended for keeping the flame of rock n’ roll alive through some challenging times by hosting recent free shows at the Whisky, with Tuesday’s Jam Night, and at the Rainbow with April’s “Party in the Parking Lot” with Ratt‘s Stephen Pearcy, Steel Panther, and Hollywood legends Pretty Boy Floyd.
Also, the Whisky is the sole source on the Sunset Strip that still champions original live rock music. And it does it by also keeping the ticket prices down, including recently welcoming shows by metal and rock stalwarts like Bang Tango, Steelheart, and Enuff Z’Nuff, for $20.
In particular, Chip Znuff proved his band hasn’t lost its touch in crafting instantly memorable melodic rock songs performed alongside scorching covers by The Beatles. There is no other place on the planet where you’ll find entertainment of this caliber on a random Sunday night for the price of two beers.
The loudest and mightiest return to the Sunset Strip was the long-awaited, twice side-lined return of the Whisky A Go-Go’s greatest contribution to hard rock music: Ultimate Jam Night Hollywood, which resurfaced in mid-January after four years of free Tuesday night shows.
Past performances, which are unrehearsed jams, featured surprise guest -performers like Don Dokken, Gilby Clarke, Black Sabbath’s original drummer Bill Ward, Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes, Blondie‘s Clem Burke, guitarist Miles Schon, singer Jesse “Blaze” Snider, late Quiet Riot legend Frankie Banali, and Madonna’s world-class guitarist, Monte Pittman.
The return of Ultimate Jam Night Hollywood continues to welcome rock icons to the jamfest and recently had a Ukraine benefit show that featured legendary singer Cherie Curry of The Runaways perform a fantastic rendition of the timeless teen-angst anthem “Cherry Bomb” that had the entire room rockin’ like it was 1977.
In addition to every other Tuesday’s jam night, the Whisky hosts L.A. rockers Fast Times as its house band every Monday night. The headliner is enough to warrant, ahem, see what we di there, a visit, but they also manage to get some of L.A.’s coolest tribute bands to open the show and act as guest performers in Fast Time’s sets, from spot-on Prince tributes to cool Queen covers by Bohemian Rhapsody.