Fast Times’ totally tubular weekly party at the Whisky is the greatest thing to hit Sunset since Van Halen.
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to catch Fast Times‘ totally awesome Monday night concerts at the Whisky A Go-Go, then you know what it feels like to be zapped back into the awesome ’80s as if you were sitting in a DeLorean with a flux capacitor pushing it past 88 mph.
The L.A. band is one of the coolest live acts to hit the Whisky in a long time, and their infectious grooves never fail to get the crowd moving whether they’re moshing, pogoing, or doing any incarnation of the timeless Axl Rose serpentine dance, the Belinda Carlisle arm sway shimmy, or the Courtney Cox “Dancing in the Dark” awkward Mambo (which inspired the “Carlton Dance”).
The L.A. always sticks with the theme and rocks their set while donned as various iconic ’80s characters, both real and celluloid, from Jeff Spicoli to Motley Crue‘s Nikki Sixx. But it’s their music that really makes Fast Times stand out as a legitimate band of phenomenal musicians who seem to enjoy rocking their set as much as the audience enjoys hearing it.
And these guys skillfully cover every iconic bit of music from Eddie Van Halen‘s guitar solo on “Jump” to Rick Allen‘s anthemic beats of “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
The hard-rockin’ quartet ripped the roof off the Whisky again last Monday and welcomed a few guest artists to help them make the evening the hottest Monday night party in L.A., attracting a fun, good-looking, energetic crowd of all ages who were grooving to the band like I hadn’t seen at the Whisky A Go-Go in a long time.
Fast Times’ Monday night party rivals the Whisky’s occasional Tuesday night Ultimate Hollywood Jam Night Hollywood in regard to sheer energy, originality, and world-class musicianship.
These guys deliver your favorite ’80s songs with faithful renditions that rock you like a hurricane with no apologies. The band has also released an ’80s tribute album, Straight Outta Hollywood.
Another great thing about Fast Times and it’s Monday night event is that the band always shakes up their set with different songs. At the band’s most recent gig, in between covers of classics like Guns n’ Roses‘ “Night Train” and Billy Idol‘s “Rebel Yell,” the band covered a stellar rendition of Warrant’s 1989 debut hit “Down Boys.”
To see these iconic tunes by famous Hollywood bands played on the very stage where the original songs made their debut was amazing to experience. The heavy metal history lingering in the air was almost palpable each time the band kicked into songs by GN’R, Warrant, Poison, and other great Sunset Strip-launched bands.
Even better, Fast Times had some help delivering the GN’R hits from an authentic Axl Rose imitator, Ari Kamin, frontman of original Guns drummer Steven Adler‘s band Adler’s Appetite. Kamin (pictured below) sounded absolutely amazing covering vocals on “Night Train” and then “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” while expertly mimicking Axl’s famous moves.
The Whisky A Go-Go is located at 8901 Sunset Blvd. Fast Times headlines every Monday at 10 p.m., with an opening band kicking things off at 8 p.m. Cover is $10.