Key Club to Close This Month
Update: The Key Club has released a statement about its shuttering, which is at the bottom of this post.
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The Key Club, a Sunset Strip favorite for decades, is scheduled to close later this month.
Though the club's ownership could not be reached for comment, its last show is slated for March 14, and sources behind various events held there confirmed its impending demise.
The Key Club has gone through many changes over the years since opening in 1967. It has hosted everyone from The Doors and The Byrds to Van Halen and Guns N' Roses to Scarface and Lil Kim. It helped define the glam metal movement of the '80s, and in recent years has been known for rock, metal, jazz, and hip-hop.
"It's gone through many changes over the last ten plus years," says metal DJ Will, who hosts events at the venue. "I just hope it remains a music venue if nothing else, for its historic value."
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Formerly known as Gazzarri's, it was initially led by Bill Gazzarri. Called the "Godfather of Rock and Roll," he was an iconic Strip figure until his death in 1991. The club then closed in 1993 before suffering damage in the Northridge earthquake of 1994. Then in 1995, a new building was built and a year later re-opened as Billboard Live, before becoming the Key Club in 1998.
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