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The Viper Room is closing forever

Hey there, and welcome to today’s video. If you’re new here please subscribe, click the bell for notifications, like and share this video, leave a comment, and check out my merch! So back to today’s topic. The Sunset Strip club, The Viper Room, a legendary Los Angeles rock club, has been sold and could be closing its doors for good. The Viper room was a place for celebs to chillax in the 1990’s. Acts who have performed there include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who played on opening night. And, River Phoenix tragically passed away here.

As well as being one of the most important cities in the world, in the film industry, Los Angeles, California, is also one of the most iconic places in the world for the recorded music industry. with landmarks in L.A. such as Capitol Records, and A&M Records studio off Sunset Boulevard.

L.A. has some of the most iconic rock n’ roll venues in the country. From the 1960’s rock bands to sparkly glam rock. The Roxy theatre, Rainbow bar & grill, Whiskey a go go. The viper room opened in 1993. and was owned by Johnny Depp until 2004. The Viper Room isn’t the only club that’s closing,

The house of Blues, on the sunset strip also officially closed down in August 2015, after 21 years in business. founded by the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.  What was once the center of the universe, thanks to lovely scenic areas like the  hollywood hills and paparazzi fueled events at the nearby chateau marmont: Where Jim morisson climbed up a roof injuring himself in the process, John Belushi passed away, Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham rode a Harley Davidson down the lobby of the Chateau Marmont, completely destroying the carpet in the process, and James Dean jumped out a window to impress the director of Rebel without a cause Nicholas Ray. With recent celebrity scandals and antics that are less than impressive people have moved on from this scene. 

The sunset strip featured performances by artists like the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Sonny & Cher in the early 60’s. rock fans were protesting efforts to enforce a 10 p.m. curfew and to close nightclubs like Pandora’s Box, at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards. Hollywood historian Marc Wanamaker Said and I quote “Everyone called them hippies just because some had long hair,” “But they weren’t the flower-power types from San Francisco, just rock ‘n’ roll fans, mostly students.” In the late 1960s the Sunset Strip was a pretty groovy scene for American rock bands like The Doors. Ya dig? Post cerfew riots, as drug culture took on a darker turn, and rock ‘n’ roll became corporate, the Strip of the ’70s and ’80s would make the Strip of the mid-’60s and sunset strip curfew riots look unimpressive in comparison.

In the early 90’s Glam metal and Grunge were famously duking it out. Out with the leather street tough look and in with the ripped denim.

Glam metal a.k.a. hair metal which officially ended in 1991. Right before grunge started becoming popular. And whats left is now, is what the music video generation left behind. And artists who have crossed over to be youtuber sensations with youtube success and fame, who combine music videos with videos of life in general. Some musicians have beauty lines to keep them busy these days. Music has had a huge shift recently, people are over- critical of live shows and some shows have lost their decadence.

Too much time and effort is being mismanaged into over analyzing artists personal lives and celeb drama shows. that it takes away from any real music or art with real substance or meaning that is being produced.

Its no wonder LA is remodeling the sunset strip. With lackluster and snooty celebs. Movie theatres and concert venues are simply not what they used to be.

When the paparazzi craze started like a real life soap opera unfolding or tabloids trying to catch unusual celebrity moments –

Hollywood is long removed from the days when covering the business meant gloss and glamour.

The paparazzi’s lurk from parking lots and places like the viper room in LA or wherever celebs congregate.

In the mid 1990’s George Clooney once complained to Paramount about this. Never again should anyone underestimate him in Hollywood. He complained about the paparazzi which back then were called stalker-azzi

the “ER” star threatened to boycott “Entertainment Tonight” after “Hard Copy” aired video footage of his lovelife. Both programs are owned by Paramount, and Clooney had a written agreement from the company stating that he would not be featured on “Hard Copy.” In return, Clooney promised to continue talking to “ET.”When the agreement was violated, Clooney didn’t just get mad, he got even. In his letter to Paramount he wrote, “Maybe other actors will join me. Maybe not. That doesn’t matter. It’s about doing what’s right.”

Others thought Clooney was right, too – and he was backed by such stars as Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Dean Cain, James Garner, Whoopi Goldberg and the cast of “ER.”

Usually TV stars are asking for more money, or threatening to hold out and getting replaced. but not clooney. he spoke up to hard copy in a very professional manner.

Within a week, Paramount promised to respect Clooney’s privacy removing all “Hard Copy” footage- and “stalkerazzi. footage” In a statement, Paramount said, “Although celebrities have chosen a profession that puts them in the public eye, we feel that coverage of their lives should not extend to other than public venues.”

obviously Paramount were not suddenly overcome by benelovence or feeling a sudden urge to quit their hethonistic behavior and sinful bad business ways to head into a church for prayer. and a desire to stop their wicked tabloid ways.

They recognized that Clooney’s threat – and his support by other stars – was too real to ignore. “ET,” the syndicated entertainment program, sustains itself with ooey-gooey celebrity fluff, and cannot afford to be on Clooney’s bad side.

Back then he was on a hit tv show and pre-poor reviews of the 1997 movie batman and robin.

“Clooney did what only big stars can do – he held Paramount’s feet to the fire and got them to yell `uncle.’ That’s a sign of serious clout, the kind of power only movie stars once had,” said Michael weinstein said, who writes about hollywood.

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