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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The Roxy Welcomes CIC

Mark your calendars for this WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28, 2009 as we open our doors to all the local and not-so local folks in town for the annual CIC Music Conference. With some of LA’s hottest bands and industry buzz bands on the bill (IMA ROBOT, RINGSIDE & CRASH KINGS), we know it will be a sweet party. If you’re in town for the conference, show us your badge and you’re good to go. Have no fear, if you’re just a local music lover – we want you to come join the party – click here to purchase tickets or give us a call.

Ima Robot/Ringside/Crash Kings 1.28

Eek A Mouse Live At The Roxy

We love reggae – we’ve said it time and time again. It fits so well in the room…and the crowd is always so much fun! You know we have to have the best of the best – so we happily welcome EEK A MOUSE – thanks to SHP for hooking it up!
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Viva Clamato

Always a pleasure working with myspace, we’re excited to have RKM Y KEN-Y live at The Roxy for a Myspace Latino Secret show. Per the usual, make sure you bring a printout of Myspace Secret shows in your top friends (or save a tree and just show us the image on your iphone/blackberry/etc) and make sure everyone in your party is present to pick up a wristband. Doors are at 7:30pm!

Myspace Latino Secret Shows

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

Speaking Of The VMAs

Roxy played host on Wednesday to the “Road to The VMA’s” where 3 bands vied for a coveted pre-party slot at the festivities! All star judges The Game, Kat Von D, and Alkaline Trio joined in on the fun and told it how it was! Thanks to U-N-I, Hazelden, and The Ruse for rocking out! Check out the awesome pics courtesy of our good man, Erik Voake.

The Road To The VMA's 7/23

The Road To The VMA's 7/23

The Road To The VMA's 7/23

The Road To The VMA's 7/23

The Memori of Demi

My ears are still ringing from Friday’s shenanigans…but with the help of all those really great fans, you can watch almost every song on youtube! Relive the moment, or check it out if you missed out on the show! What a night….so fun!

Oh My Nas

The Roxy witnessed a classic, an epic, a legendary show…call it what you want, but in our minds it was one of the best hip hop performances ever. Big, big ups to Myspace for giving us such a treat. And Mulatto, you guys can hold it down, we want you back soon. We have lots of shots from this show, so watch over the next couple of days for more. In the mean time check out the first of the bunch from our pro EV.

Nas Live at The Roxy

Nas Live at The Roxy

Nas Live at The Roxy

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

The Filter Experience

The new album from “FILTER” has been out for a mere month – so, we’re so pumped to get to hear these new tunes live early in the run. They’re about half into what we hear is a pretty rockin’ tour – so come join us. Tickets are still available, but we’re pretty sure its going to sell out soon. Rumor has it…most of the tour has been sold out – so don’t miss them on the Roxy stage. Come early and catch Opiate for the Masses and The Urgency!
Check out the new video – Soldiers of Misfortune

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

Lets Push Play

Two exciting things:

1) Tickets for PUSH PLAY are on sale now (click here). They’re pretty much the cutest things ever -I hear they’re gracing the cover of the ever popular Teen Beat and Pop mags, which means they’re well on their way to making their mark in the world. So make sure you catch this show before they explode! (Jonas Brothers flashback!)

And 2) One of our favorite contests ever, was the Tokio Hotel poster extravaganza – and now’s your chance to one-up those fans! The winner will receive a pair of tickets to the show…AND will get their poster printed and SIGNED by the band. Click here for all the details!
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Hottest Contest In Town

Hot Hot Heat 6/27
We’ve shown our HOT HOT HEAT love on this blog several times – they’re an office fav and we’re counting down the days ’til they rock the stage. Now, in true Roxy fashion – we wanted to combine our love for the band and our new love for contests and create something spectacular. We love the fan interaction, the ability to show someone a really great experience, and all the submissions! If you are a fan of the band (like us) you know that there are a few things that are SOO very distinct – and now in a classic battle of AFROS vs SUITS – you have the chance to rock the signature look of the band in photobooth (digital camera, poloroid, etc) form. Send us your best shots and give the band a true – run – for – their – style – money. Extra props if you rock the suit and the fro, but only one is required. The show is next week, so the deadline will be Wednesday June 24 at 5:00pm. Click HERE to enter!
The Grand Prize Prize:
A Pair of tickets to the show
$50 Roxy Bucks to get your drink on (or some food)
Some sweet shwag including -2 copies of the deluxe version of the new cd/dvd – and a super sweet 11×17 poster
Meet and Greet and Soundcheck passes

8 Runner Ups:
Meet and Greet and Soundcheck passes for you and a friend

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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More Sugar Ray On The Rox Please

Fresh off of Camp Freddy, Mark McGrath looked like he didn’t get enough of The Roxy. Sugar Ray got up and played two of their biggest hits for the surprised party goers at On The Rox, Fly and Every Morning. So much fun and totally unexpected. Thats why we love what we do, you will never know what will happen. Thanks to Murphy, Rodney, Stan and Mark. Always great to see you guys.
Sugar Ray at On The Rox

Crystal Castles Craziness

Crystal Castles is getting ready to take over the Roxy and we’re very excited! They are kicking off the first sold out show tonight – and we were happy to announce earlier in the week that a SECOND show had been added for Friday. We can’t encourage you enough to get tickets SOON – thru the box office at 310 278 9457. Also, so far we’re gotten some amazing contest entries – and remember, the lucky winners will really do it up in style at Friday’s show (check out the details here)! Show us what you’ve got!