The Roxy Loves Amy Winehouse

[Originally posted March 23, 2007]

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Photos by Marc Goldstein…

Photo Credit: Marc Goldstein
Photo Credit: Marc Goldstein
Photo Credit: Marc Goldstein

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Check out the review from the LA Weekly…

U.K. soul mama gets crowned on the Sunset Strip Monday, March 19, at the Roxy
By Ernest Hardy
Thursday, March 22, 2007

“Performing to a sold-out Roxy, Amy Winehouse gave a hilarious intro to the confessional song “You Know I’m No Good”: After she had betrayed a lover, he asked if she even loved him. “I told him, ‘I do love you,’ ” she recounted — adding with playful exasperation, “ ‘But, like, I get bored. I told you I’m no good!’ ” The crowd loved it — and sang every song by heart, all night long.

Winehouse’s top-to-bottom brilliant sophomore album, Back to Black (Republic/Universal), is bursting with great, quotable lines, many as wry as they are poignant. One of the best is tucked in the driving, Motown-based “Tears Dry on Their Own,” where she admits: “Even if I stop wanting you/and perspective pushes through/I’ll be some next man’s other woman soon…”

The word other is key here. That’s the woman who wears the scarlet letter — fallen, disgraced. Winehouse casually conveys volumes through a single word or phrasing choice throughout Black, a breakup album whose defining characteristic is working-class feminine wit. And I mean both types of wit — intelligence and humor, which Winehouse uses intuitively to express how obsession dovetails with addiction. References to booze and boozing, drugging and fucking-as-self-destruction crowd the text of this confessional album. The musical filter through which Winehouse pours it all is the girl-group sound of the early ’60s — the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, the Ronettes and the Chiffons.

Live, Winehouse was noticeably nervous but utterly charming, singing for an audience who knew all the words to all the songs. She was in spectacular voice throughout, backed by a crack band (man, that horn section . . .) and two chicly attired male backup singers who energetically pulled off synchronized choreography. Winehouse’s own herky-jerky, off-the-beat dancing and ragged emulation of girl-group style somehow underscored an aura of sincerity (a matted beehive with an unkempt tail; an ill-fitting dress that kept sliding down her scary-thin frame; weathered leopard-print shoes rummaged from the back of some tranny’s closet). Her awkward performance of femininity befits a woman who can’t quite figure how to stop fucking up her relationships and her life.

Winehouse may be retro, but her work is, mercifully, irony-free. This is no academic study of girl-group traditions; instead, it’s a gut-level recognition of the strength and beauty of those impeccably crafted records — and the 8-by-10-ready public personas attached to them. For Back to Black, Winehouse gave her producers, Mark Ronson and Salaamremi.com, explicit instructions about the sound and vibe she wanted to accompany her self-penned lyrics. Together, they’ve captured not only the aesthetics of an era (the album is a gorgeous latticework of perfect, anachronistic detail) but also the naked romanticism, and theatrical but sincere vulnerability, of pop gone by. But Winehouse also references kindred artists outside the girl-group heyday: Esther Phillips (whose addiction-filled life and the havoc it wreaked on her career make her the most resonant influence), Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and, of course, Lauryn Hill.

At the Roxy, Winehouse sang everything from Back to Black, including “Addicted” (inexplicably left off the U.S. release, replaced with a god-awful remix of “You Know I’m No Good” featuring a rap by Ghostface Killah). Highlights of the set were “Tears Run Dry” and… it’s hard to say. The crowd’s energy was so intense, and their already-won love so exuberantly given, the night had the feel of a raucous coronation.

What was especially interesting about the performance was the way Winehouse handled her nerves — besides frequent sips taken from a cup at the edge of the stage. She stared down at the stage a lot, then looked up with a sneer or curled lip that evoked gum-popping, eyeball-rolling femmes from Ronettes to B-girls, gangsters’ molls to biker chicks. But there were also fleeting moments when she clearly checked out of her own performance: Her eyes would simply go blank, and she’d retreat behind them. Still, that voice — the sound of mysteriously missing teeth, Spanish Harlem stoops in summer and declarations of undying love — never wavered, and was never less than amazing.”

To read the rest of the review check the LA Weekly

From PerezHilton.com…

Amy Winehouse is such a hot mess!

She is the stuff of legend, and on Monday night a who’s who of hipsters and Hollywood players were treated to a tour de force performance by the Rehab chanteuse.

You never know if Wino is gonna show up to a gig or if she’ll even make it through a show, but she more than held her own at The Roxy.

Unfortunately, fans expecting to see her at Spaceland in Silverlake tonight might be a tad disappointed. We hear she might be cancelling!

Why? Because the venue is too small and they won’t allow her 10+ person band to come with her.

Hopefully that will all get sorted out, but if it doesn’t…..well, that’s Amy Winehouse for ya!

To sing the blues you must live the blues. And she lives it.”

Check out Scott T Sterlings review…

I Was There: Amy Winehouse at The Roxy, 3/19/07

“I guess you could call it pure, dumb luck. It just so happened that I heard about the Amy Winehouse show at the Roxy a couple of hours before my man Jeff Weiss informed me that she was also scheduled to play at Spaceland. Given my druthers, I would’ve purchased a ticket to see her in the much smaller Spaceland. But in my haste to secure a chance to see this notorious UK train wreck up close and personal like, I’d already laid my good money down for the Roxy show. In hindsight, I inadvertently made the right choice, since Ms. Winehouse famously bailed on the Spaceland gig.

I got to the Roxy a good 20 minutes before she took the stage, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen such an intense scrum up in that joint. It was packed to the back with an interesting array of Los Angelenos, skewing older than I’d expected.

Worming my way towards the front of the room, I found a choice spot maybe five feet from the stage, off to the right. A very drunk girl stumbles into me, pausing to take off her high heels. Oh boy, here we go. An older couple behind me is drunkenly making out, repeatedly ramming into my back. Really? The things I do for music.

When the lights finally dim and the curtains open, a surprisingly together looking Winehouse saunters up to the microphone to the strains of the Chiffons “He’s So Fine,” looking oddly sexy (skinny legs and all) in a blue prom dress that put her cleavage up front and center and showcased her bevy of tattoos. There were no signs of track marks or “meth skin” to be seen anywhere. She didn’t even appear to be drunk. What gives?

Backed ably by retro R&B outfit the Dap-Kings, our girl sailed through most of Back to Black admirably; her husky croon sounding even stronger than it does on the record. Her voice shined on mid-tempo numbers like the reggae-tinged “Just Friends,” but really soared on the barn-burners like “You Know I’m No Good.” What’s especially impressive is the way she attacks high notes, filling them with pure emotion, the total opposite of showboats like Christina Aguilera who completely overdo it with ridiculous trills and runs that never seem to stop.

Sliding in a verse of Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” into “He Can Only Hold Her,” it was hard to miss the irony. Is Winehouse destined for a similar crash-and-burn like the one that beset Ms. Hill? Given her raw talent and limitless potential, I certainly hope not.

She’s comfortable and self-assured onstage. After announcing the evening’s last song to a boisterous chorus of “No!” she joked with the crowd:

“Well, obviously it’s not the last song. We still have to do the encores. I’m just playing the game up here, all right?”

For more of Scott’s review click here.

Happy Birthday Facebook

Come join us on FACEBOOK! Chat with us, let us know your favorite show…when we’ll see you next…and what you love (or maybe what you not-so-love)! Become a fan of the club and join our group!

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Walk The Walk Talk The Talk

The Head Cat is coming to town! We will support anything that SLIM JIM PHANTOM (of The Stray Cats) and LEMMY (of Motorhead) are a part of! If you’re not hip to their new project yet – make sure you give them a listen! Tickets are available thru the Roxy box office (310 278 9457) and thru ticketmaster.

The Head Cat 1/23

A Spooky Good Time With Bullets and Octane

Looking for Halloween plans?? Search no more. A couple of our favorite guys (and bands) have teamed up to bring us the ultimate Halloween festivity. Join us for BULLETS AND OCTANE, KILL THE COMPLEX, & DJ JEREMY MILLER – of course, costumes are strongly encouraged! So, come all decked out and get ready to party!

Bullets and Octane 10/31

Happy Birthday To Us

It’s a pretty fabulous week here at The Roxy as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the club! Through the years, we’ve opened our doors to the ordinary and the extraordinary. From legendary tours from Springsteen to the Jonas Brothers – comedy runs from Cheech and Chong to Russell Brand – and stage productions from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Hedwig and the Angry Inch – we’ve seen it all! Theirs to many bands and artists, crew members, team mates, and wise ones to thank – but know that we are so thankful for all the wonderful people who have graced our stage both in front and behind the curtain over the years. We all have so many epic stories and tales and are working hard everyday to create more memories. Feel free to talk about your favorite show, most amazing experience, or re-count those nights that you can’t – quite – remember – we are proud to admit, we have plenty of those too! Here’s to another 35!

The Roxy Theatre - Sunset Blvd looking east

Bad News Bears For Dirty Heads Fans

Due to an illness in the band, we’re sad to say that the DIRTY HEADS can’t play tonight. Feel better guys and we’ll make sure to have a drink in your honor. Good thing the rest of the crew is still ready to rock – see you all tonight for ANDRE LEGACY, DIRT NASTY, BEARDO and SPECIAL GUESTS!

Andre Legacy/Dirt Nasty

The Roxy Wins Best Rock Venue Site By VH1.COM

How exciting! The fans have spoken, and we are so ecstatic to have won the VH1 Rock Honors Best Rock Venue Site. We can’t express enough how thrilled we were to even be nominated (i always thought people lied when they said that…turns out its true!), but winning is even more exciting! Thanks again to everyone who voted!

VH1 Best Rock Venue Site

From Zero To VH1 In Twelve Months

Special shout out to fastcompany.com for their great write up on all things Roxy blog. As always, we’re flattered by the attention – and are really happy to be recognized as a forward moving club and social networking team. It’s because we’ve received the amount of feedback we have via the blog (both positive and negative) that we are able to really address the wants and needs of the club goers, fans, patrons, and the rest! We look forward to all good things in the future. Thanks again- please check out the full article here.

For the vast majority of people, “social media” means joining Facebook or LinkedIn and wondering why they joined. I asked Nic what he thought was the secret to his success. He said, “I got on board with this plan. Annie and I are each online 3-4 hours a day talking to customers and the community. This isn’t something we paid money for and farmed out.” He added, “We were really stuck in a rut for so long. Reaching out to our customers like this makes us more honest about who we are, where we stand, and what we need to do to change.”

A year ago, the Roxy had an increasingly bad reputation online and a website with a three year old calendar. On July 17th, VH1 fans will give them the vote for having the best rock venue website. By taking the time to learn and embrace the tools of social media and Web 2.0, Nic and his club went from zero to VH1 in 12 months flat.

Wont You Be Our Neighbor

Come join us on TWITTER and let us know about your daily shenanigans and we’ll tell you ours! It’s quite a fun (and powerful) social networking tool, and we’ve been having so much fun with it! We like to keep you updated on the inner workings of the Roxy world – and we love reading about the hot new blogs, who saw what last night, and what YOUR daily life is like. Come join and make sure you follow us. We’ve been in the giving mood lately, and give away tickets to shows veryyyyy veryyyy often. What’s not to love about that?

10 Shots From The Top

June Boom! The Sunset Strip was on fire this month. SSMF, Crystal Castles sold-out midnight show, TRVS+DJAM w/ Too Short and (last but not least)the return of Shuvel, all made June a hit. Coming off of May, we worried if we would be able to keep the great photos coming. We were not dissapointed. Great job everyone! A Special “what up!” goes out imnotuna, Never Cool in School, totallylikeduh! and letsflyawaythistime, all who are contributing members of The Roxy Theatre Flickr Group. Nice work, keep it coming. If you want to shoot at The Roxy contact us at theroxy@mac.om and we will try to accommodate you the best we can. Thanks again to everyone who added over 1000 shots to the group this month. Hit us with your best shot! Fire Away!!!

Pop Noir

Pop Noir 6.06.08
Photo by Genie Sanchez

Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit #11

Photo by Leslie Kalohi

The Wombats

the wombats

Photo by Una Zipagan

The Last Goodnight

Kurtis John - The Last Goodnight

Photo by Kevin Blades

Crystal Castles

crystal castles

Photo by Wei

Shuvel

Shuvel Live at The Roxy

Photo by Erik Voake

LA Riots at MSTRKFRT Video Shoot

MSTRKRFT Video Shoot for "Bounce" at The Roxy.

Photo by Manny Adler

The Shys

The Shys

Photo by Una Zipagan

DJ AM

TRVSDJ-AM 6/25

Photo by Erik Voake

Cartel

Cartel

Photo by Ashlie Waters

Drive Safe

We know we know. July 1st snuck up on us too! But you knoowwwww our lovely police officers ate their Wheaties this morning and plan on ticketing us alllllll dayyyy. So be good. Put the Iphone down. Enjoy the weather. Enjoy that new Weezer song that’s on every station. And just wait ’til you get to the office to get your chat on.

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The Little Blog That Could

This blog has turned into this little crazy phenomenon and we’re so flattered by the feedback we have received. Social networking is such a trial an error game, and we hope that we’ve found something unique in how we’ve built this site. As always, LAIST continues to be one of our favorite sites for really telling it how it is in so many facets of LA Living. We appreciate them as much for their support as for their constructive criticism! Check out what they have to say about the blog!

The Roxy website ditched their old-school site and moved to a blog format. Furthermore, Adler took the spirit of community and transparency a step further by including listings for other businesses and venues on the Strip. This radical departure from the competitive nature of the industry has made an impact, although few — if any — venues have followed suit with their internet presence. Adler is admittedly hooked on social media now and it’s apparent — The Roxy, which only years ago went after camera-wielding patrons, now has a massive presence on the web and even hosts user-generated photos and videos on the site. The Roxy is also one of four nominees for Best Rock Site for this month’s VH1 Rock Honors.

Please vote for us!

Best Rock Venue Site

A Night To Remember

We’ve all been working so hard in preparation of the SSMF, that it’s easy to lose sight of what it’s REALLY all about. A true celebration! It’s almost impossible for most of us to remember a time before the legendary Sunset Strip existed, but last night we were able to honor the masterminds behind the place we call “home.” The event at the House of Blues was nothing short of amazing. So many legends in the house, wanting to pay respects and tell their one of a kind stories. Cheech and Chong were a highlight, Slash is always entertaining, and the beautiful Michelle Phillips were all very gracious in their intros. The event was hosted by our (always) favorite MC, Mark McGrath. We’ll always be thankful for what Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri, and Elmer Valentine have created for us all – now lets party!
Here’s a few pics so far, credit Erik Voake – more to come!

SSMF -HOB

SSMF-HOB

SSMF - HOB

What A Rock Honor

We are happy to announce that we have been nominated as BEST ROCK VENUE by VH1 Rock Honors! It’s been such an exciting year for us, and we couldn’t be happier to be in such great company! We have some pretty tough competition – the always cool Bowery Ballroom in NYC and historic Red Rocks in Colorado. So exciting!
Please take a minute to vote for us and pass it along to all your friends!

Best Rock Venue Site

BIG THANKS 2 DIM MAK AOKI MSTRKRFT CRYSTAL CASTLES LAZARO NORE LA RIOTS FELIX CARTEL


Over the last couple weeks we have been spoiled by Dim Mak and Company. A MSTRKRFT video shoot with with Nore, LA Riots, Felix Cartal, Lazaro Casanova and Steve Aoki. Couple days later Aoki Played The Elements of Life Benefit. Then Crystal Castles came in and basically took over the club. Every email, comment and phone call we received over the last week was about them. So many that we were forced to add a Friday Midnight performance. Both shows were completely sold out. We can’t wait to have them back. It felt as we are starting to witness a change in the music scene and we love it. Check out some of the vids and pics the captured the fun over the last month.
Thanks to the guys at Club Soda Media, Darren Kim and Erik Voake for the pics.

MSTRKRFT Video Shoot
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Steve Aoki at Elements of Life Benefit

Crystal Castles at The Roxy

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10 Shots From The Top

This month will be hard to beat. With so many legendary artists gracing The Roxy stage, it was very hard to find just 10. Camp Freddy had by far the most added to the group, mostly do to having 5 shows this month and a lot of amazing trigger happy photographers. Russell Brand also had many to choose from but i felt this one had special meaning because our own sound guy lee was in the mix. My personal favorite picture, not just because it’s so awesome, but that the Foxboro Hot Tubs was my favorite show in a long time. Again a huge thank you for all who added your pictures to The Roxy Theatre Group on flickr. We now have over 2500 photos and 120 members in just over a month. Keep it coming, Click click!

Foxboro Hot Tubs

Foxboro Hot Tubs Live at The Roxy

Teitur

Teitur @ The Roxy

Photo by Matthias Arni Ingimarssn

Juliet Lewis performing with Camp Freddy

Camp Freddy Live at The Roxy

Photo by Nate Christenson

Billy Idol performing with Camp Freddy
Camp Freddy Live at The Roxy

Photo by Nate Christenson
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Biggie Biggie give it to me one more time!

Biggie Smalls by smembranicle

Check out this out from the daily blog PLAY at the LA Weekly…

BIGGIE SMALLS SHUTS DOWN SUNSET BOULEVARD
Ah, if only. But shooting has commenced in LA for Notorious, the Biggie Smalls biopic slated to be released in 2009. Earlier today, the crew was working on the Sunset Strip near the Roxy, where a key scene occurs. It was kind of surreal cruising down Sunset in West Hollywood and seeing, during a break, actor Jamal Woolard (a.k.a. Gravy) casually strolling down the street in his full Biggie Smalls get-up.

To read more of RANDALL ROBERT’s post on Biggie Smalls click here.

Bryan Adams Keith Urban and Bonnie Raitt Make Some Roxy History With Legendary Performance

Bryan Adams and Friends Live at The Roxy
When someone like Bryan Adams says “special guests,” you know it’s going to be huge. Because, he’s THAT cool. Aside from his amazing show on the Sunset Strip last night (3 encores!) – he played ALL the hits. Summer of ’69 acoustic? Yes please. Cuts Like A Knife? Run To You? Heat of the Night? Check, Check and Check. The room was packed – it was rocking THEN out comes his special guests. BONNIE RAITT and KEITH URBAN!!! Words cannot explain what took place on the Roxy stage, check out this vid for a little taste! Now tell us, what was your favorite part?

Thanks to our new friend, Kate The Russian, for the awesome video. And our house photographer Erik Voake for the great pic!

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March Madness

March was a big month here at The Roxy. We had a lot of great shows but these were among our favorites. Rooney, Billy Boy on Poison, Young Dubliners, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Switches, John West and Matthew Santos, The Vacation, The Mooney Suzuki, AJ MCLEAN, Presidents of the United States of America, Kaki King, Candlebox, Dolly Parton and The Expendables all kept us wanting more. A lot of you have been taking some great pictures so we thought we would share them with the world. If you have pictures taken at The Roxy and want to share them too, add them to our new public Flickr group called, appropriately, The Roxy Theatre. Also, for the lastest photos from our in-house photographers, you can check out the “Live at The Roxy” set on The Roxy’s Flickr page for more. Here’s a taste of what was captured in March.

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton Live at The Roxy

Candlebox
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