The Roxy Loves Amy Winehouse

[Originally posted March 23, 2007]

Thanks to adritheegreat for the video!

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.

B52’s Rocked The Roxy

B52’s were Amazing! The Roxy was packed and never sounded better. It truly was the world’s greatest party(band).

Great pictures Trev!
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MK from popbytes.com was in the house. Check out what he had to say about the show.

UPDATE i had the best time ever! the band totally rocked – everyone had a blast and i did indeed get my dance on big time! plus i managed to get some decent pics and took a small bit of video which i’ll post soon – and a highlight of the evening was when i met one half of junior senior – i fill y’all in on the details shortly but right now i so need to lay it down and i’m planning on sleeping very late tomorrow! popbytes over & out for tonight – xxoo!

Read the full review at popbytes.com!!

Watch the youtube we found from the show.
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Thanks to cheeop for the clip.

Roxy Still Red Hot A Year After Chili Peppers

The Roxy thanks our friends over at the LAist for reminding us how much fun we had hosting the Zune launch Party, where the Red Hot Chili Peppers blew us away. Check out today’s front page post on laist.com.

NOVEMBER 14, 2007
A Year Ago The Chili Peppers Played The Roxy

Despite all the competition that’s around it and new clubs that are constantly popping up, the Roxy has continued to be a major player in the LA rock club scene.

It was just a year ago yesterday that the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a rockin show at the classic venue – and not only was LAist there, but we gave out a dozen free tickets to lucky wieners. Keeping the hope alive, the Roxy was home to another legendary group just a few weeks ago when the Sex Pistols played there.

And then on Friday, the B-52’s will hit the small stage on the Sunset Strip, proving that the Roxy still has it and it ain’t going nowhere. But for now let’s just harken back to a year ago when Flea, Anthony, John and that other guy brought it all back home.

Click here to see the post.

3 Nice Jewish Boys And A Microphone

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My sister and I flew all the way out to Baltimore, MD to catch the Beastie Boys at The Virgin Music Festival but much to our shagrin our friend got a little sick and we only caught almost 3 full songs… enough to wet the craving but not enough to kill the hunger. So when we heard that our cousin bought a few tickets to The Greek we were thrilled.

A. We could catch a full set.
B. Totally a Greek virgin and have wanted to check a proper show out.

The show was masterful and we were surrounded by uber excited people thrashing around, people tossing their hair in other’s faces inappropriately, and people jumping into the aisles just to dance but quickly being kiboshed by the security. The Greek is a great outdoor theatre that I highly recommend! And The Beastie Boys may be a little older but they rock like the 20-somethings that brought it hard in 1986. Gotta love it!

Junior Senior Goes Pop!

Thursday night was a true dance party. Junior Senior had the entire Roxy on it’s feet(and on the chairs). Check out popbytes.com’s review from the show…
Junior Senior at The Roxy
PHOTO CREDIT – THAIRIN SMOTHERS | WORLD OF WONDER

oh my word – they fucking kicked ass live!!! i wasn’t sure what to expect but they had our main boys junior & senior plus five other band members playing all the music live (there were no turntables in sight) i totally let loose and really enjoyed myself – especially when they played their huge hit don’t stop the beat – the crowd was totally feeling them – by the end people were jumping on stage left & right – i’d guess about 50-60 people were on stage – the energy level was way insane!

To read the entire review and get the latest in pop knowledge check out our friends over at popbytes.com

Roxy Love for Courtney Love

Always a Roxy favorite, Courtney Love graced the Roxy stage last night for a special Myspace performance.

Our good friend Perez Hilton had this to say:

Much improved!

Courtney Love performed at the Roxy on Sunset and thankfully avoided wearing anything like THIS.

From what we hear, the show was pretty epic.

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And Popbytes, our new friend and a great blog, had an amazing time and had this to say:

my headache has subsided and now as promised i’ve got a bit more info (along w/ some pics & a small bit of video) on courtney love’s ‘secret’ show (sponsored by myspace) at the roxy last night! (a totally kick ass small venue – and where i first saw amy winehouse in person) i arrived around 10:30pm – lots of people outside mixed in with general sunset blvd craziness – luckily i bypassed the lines and went straight inside (through the side door) to claim my spot! of course the main floor was totally packed but thankfully i was able to wedge myself front & center with only a few people in front of me! i quickly sucked down my drink which did give me a slight buzz right before ms. love took the stage around 11pm – the curtains lifted and there my rock goddess was – with a lit cigarette already hanging from her pouty lips. i had an excellent time and for courtney love being 43 – bitch has still got it – i sometimes can’t put my finger on why i love her so much (along with why i have a tattoo in her honor) but let me just tell you – she fucking rocks and i will love her until the end – she just does it for me – skinny or plump!

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Check out Popbytes for the full review, and enjoy the clips below.

Walk The Line

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Last night we got the opportunity to check out the last play of PHANTOM PLANET with Andy & Frankie’s Social Club. From what I hear it was the best show they played this go around… And boy am I glad I didn’t miss it. The energy was certainly pumping and the final song they played, a proper cover of “I Love LA” sandwiched cleverly inside “The Happy Ending”. Amazing energy… Great show… and to top it off Cobrasnake was in the hizzy.

Incredible

so i know that there’s no point in living in the past, but there are some things that you just can’t help but talking about, and for me right now that’s the show with MSTRKRFT and steve aoki on wednesday night. for me, probably the best show i’ve seen at the roxy in my nearly two years here. the vibe in the room was unmatchable – everyone was dancing to the beat and rocking out like i’ve never seen it. if you aren’t familiar with mstrkrft, check ’em out – www.myspace.com/mstrkrft, you won’t be disappointed. i can’t wait to get these guys back here for another amazing night. i snagged some pictures from lastnightsparty.
mstrkrft at the roxy theatre 5/16/07
mstrkrft at the roxy theatre 5/16/07

FADER loves the MAN MAN

…and so do we! And so does everyone who attended the show on Thursday night. Man Man decsended from Philly to a sold out Roxy and had the Sunset Strip buzzin. The capacity crowd was forced to move, jump, clap their hands and sing along. We were in the momentum of the groove and energy that Man Man was stiring up and pouring out. People were loving it. Thank you to The Ventriloquists and Simon Dawes for two awesome sets as well. Congrats to Rock Insider for their first “presents” at The Roxy being a total winner. Way to go Jax!! (Thanks for taking a chance on us. W e have a lot more great shows to come).  It was good to see a lot of new faces at The Roxy. I know for all of us it’s the start of something good.

Here’s some posts on the show from myspace.com/wearemanman

Apr 6 2007 1:56P
man man last night at the roxy was the best live show ive ever seen.
sam

Apr 6 2007 1:51P
HELL YEAH THE SHOW AT THE ROXY WAS FUCKING AWESOME!
jaded

Apr 6 2007 1:51P
Crazy show last night. I’m so glad I got to go!
The Jen

Apr 6 2007 12:21P
yea man man! the roxy show was fantastic… have fun with the other MM when you rock it into boulder on monday!
Erin

to see more: MAN MAN

and a new article on MAN MAN from FADER.com


MAN MAN The Roxy Theatre west hollywood, ca april 5 2007
Photo from F28 by John Francis Peters

It’s Raining Mans

We’re taking the auspicious occasion of our Philly bros Man Man playing at the Roxy in West Hollywood tonight to repost their Gen F from F28, and also to let the fans out there know that asking for “Man Man” a couple blocks south of the Roxy will make you about a thousand brand new best friends. Either way you’re gonna have a good time.

to read the whole article go to FADER.com

Paris Hilton Dita Von Teese and Amy Winehouse Partied it Up on Perez Hilton Birthday

West Hollywood, Ca. The World Famous Sunset Strip and The Roxy Theatre welcomed The Queen of All Media. Heres some highlights from Perez’s birthday on Saturday night from perezhilton.com

Paris Hilton and Perez Hilton in Hollywood at The Roxy
Paris and perez at the roxy

….So many special guests came to party with Mister P, including Paris Hilton, John Stamos, Amy Winehouse, Kelly Osbourne, David Spade, Taylor Dayne, The Donnas, Esthero, Victoria Recano, Andy Milonakis, Talan Torriero, Jeppe from Junior Senior, Har Mar Supertsar, Katy Perry and many more.

Kelly Osbourne and Amy Winehouse at The Roxy
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Dita Von Teese
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The evening kicked off with a very special performance by Donovan Leitch as Hedwig.

What a way to start off the show!

Hedwig & The Angry Inch is one of our favorite musicals and Donovan killed it!

He even brought along his dad, Donovan, to join him for a song, and our pal, Dave Navarro, jumped onstage to jam on another tune as well. At Perez’s prompting, Dave kindly took off his shirt, just how we like it!

We flew in our favoritest DJ in the world, Doug Grayson, to keep the energy flowing and the bodies moving in between the surprise performances, and he burned the house down! On fire!!!!

Equally hot were one of our favorite LA bands, Ultraviolet, who performed their sweet sweet electro music, setting the stage for none other than The Gossip.

to see more check out perezhilton.com
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