The Roxy Loves Amy Winehouse

[Originally posted March 23, 2007]

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Photos by 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 Rock N Roll Friday

Some of our most favorite Roxy moments have been created by the band “Clutch”…and while, this time around it’s not exactly Clutch per se…we fully support any side projects that might arise from their genius brains. With that being said, join us for THE BAKERTON GROUP and celebrate that you survived another work week. Hooray!
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THE BAKERTON GROUP 10/10

VMA Recap

It seems like its been non-stop VMA’s for a few weeks now – and as the hangover sets in – it’s time for a little recap. We all had crossed fingers and eager hearts that our favorite Russell Brand would be a raging success – and while their seems to be a bunch of mixed reviews, we still love him and think he was fabulous! Our dear Jonas Brothers were great…and the nutty TOKIO HOTEL took home best new artist! We also played host to a super fabulous official VMA party on Saturday night, where T-Pain brought the house down! Drinks were flowing and fun times were had. Hope all who watched and participated, had a great time too!
Russell and LL Cool J
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The Green Sparrow Takes Flight

Much like all the projects he’s been part of before (hint hint) – Mike Gordon’s brand new solo CD, The Green Sparrow, is nothing short of amazing! It’s out now…and we’re happy that we’re a stop on his big US tour. He’s a little over halfway thru…and it’s full steam ahead! Come check it out tonight…tickets can be found here or give us a call at 310 278 9457!

Mike Gordon 8/26

Foxboro Hot Tubs Live At The Roxy

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Foxboro Hot Tubs at The Roxy, OMG! What an exciting show!! This band has caused quite a buzz on the web and we cannot wait to see them live! Because of the demand on this show, you can only purchase tickets in person at The Roxy box office the day of the show. Tickets will be $20 cash and there is a two ticket maximum per person and both people must be together in line to receive the tickets. Have no fear tho, because we are allowing you to lineup starting 8am on the day of the show. So once you are in line and get to the door, you will buy your tickets and immediately proceed into The Roxy. Get ready to strut your stuff on the Sunset Strip and make an event out of it! Meet some fans in line…share stories…and make some new friends. Have no doubt, you will find some internet fame as I will undoubtedly be blogging the line in true Roxy fashion. We know their fans are traveling from near and far for this show – and we can’t wait to see you all! Also, a friendly reminder – no recording devices of any kind, no cameras and/or cell phones will be allowed into the show!
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The Roxy Gets Ready to Purrrrrrrrrr

Some of our favorite nights – involve bands we think are some of the best kept secrets in town. But lucky for you, we’re letting you in on this little gem of some hot bands. Come check out SABROSA PURR, JONNEINE ZAPATA, MARYANDI, & SINK TO SEE. Call us for tickets – 310 278 9457.

Sabrosa Purr/Jonneine Zapata/Maryandi/Sink to See 4/23

Dolly Parton Live At The Roxy

As if Friday’s aren’t already a reason to celebrate, today is going to be that much more exciting – as we welcome the Legend that is DOLLY PARTON. We hate to brag, as we know it’s only a few of the luckiest folks that get to attend -but it’s been years and years since she’s been here, and now in celebration of her new record – we are happy she came back to us!

DollyFront!

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Candlebox Rox

We had a great time on Tuesday…as Candlebox, local favs Goldenstate, and Black Summer Crush rocked the stage. And as always, we love seeing post-show photos. Check out some GREAT ones taken by one of our pals- hey, is that our office door? Photo credit: Erik Voake.

Candlebox - 3/25

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Tokio Hotel Talks Roxy

It hasn’t been long since the boys of Tokio Hotel came to visit…but we miss them! Lucky for us, their first ever US performance (at the Roxy of course) is well documented in their new youtube videos! It’s fun to relive the excitement – we cannot wait to have them back!

A Very AJ Update

If you’ve seen some of our past blogs….you’ll know we’re pretty huge fans of crazy fandom – and as we rolled into work this fine Monday morning, we were very excited to see some very enthusiastic fans camped outside. I especially loved the air mattress. For all you fans that aren’t able to check out the show tonight…what are some of your favorite Backstreet Boys memories? Are you excited for AJ’s solo stuff?
And lucky for us, as I ran outside to take some pictures…ran into AJ himself showing the fans some love- check it out!

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The Mooney Suzuki Comes to Town

This Saturday, we without a doubt – have the HOTTEST bill in town. We are so excited to have all three of these bands…and we know you will be too! We never have enough good things to say about Billy Boy on Poison and they are such a rad way to kick off the show. The Vacation are of course, regulars on the Strip and never fail to entertain…and lastly, THE MOONEY SUZUKI! It’s been a while since they’ve played out here, and is definitely grounds to celebrate….

The Mooney Suzuki - 3/22

Roxy Says Sayonara To Tokio Hotel

Today has been a really really great day! And as the girls and I start wrapping up our work, and get into party mode – we are a little sad! We don’t want this day to end. The energy in the office today was a little like summer vacation…we were a little giddy – everything about our day, and the band, and the crew has been the best EVER. We didn’t quite know what to expect – as we have a little language barrier going on – and we have been pleasantly surprised! The band is adorable – and from what they told us, the have loved being in sunny CA – even if just for a day or two. Now, we are sitting here listening to them sound check and they sound GREAT. Thanks to our neighbors who have been so patient with all the fans today – and our security who came out before the sun sets to make sure everyone was safe. We hope the international fans are having a legendary Roxy experience and they find us again one day on their travels back to the states!
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A Colorful Night

We’ve loved Rocco Deluca since the very begining – and he is no stranger to the Roxy stage. But now, known just as much for his hit single “Colorful” as for his ground breaking tour documentary with Kiefer Sutherland – we are excited to have him back in a whole new way. The Ironworks music showcase is truly a unique night – headlined by our pal Rocco – and also featuring hot bands HoneyHoney and Billy Boy on Poison! Their a still a FEW tickets left for the show on TONIGHT!

Tokio Hotel Tally

It took us a while to narrow it down to our favorite four – we got so many amazing entries! In the end, we picked the ones that exemplified the true vibe of the night – and something that would catch the eye of the thousands and thousands of cars that cruise by us daily. So congrats if you were one of the lucky final four…you’re halfway there! Okay fans and friends, now’s your time to vote your mind!
(20 votes max per person)

A.I. is A.O.K.

Truly one of the raddest bands in town, A.I. is finally getting some of the love and attention they deserve! We are happy to have them back along with Glacier Hiking, Gods and Monsters, and Moving Picture Show. A favorite of KROQ’s Locals Only we know this will be A.I.’s year…so come check them out and see what all the buzz is about. Call the Roxy box office at 310 278 9457 for tickets to the show tonight!

A.I. Hey Now (with a special cameo by The Roxy!)

LOTS OF PEACHES PEACHES PEACHES FOR US

Arguably one of the coolest songs of the late 90’s, we cannot WAIT to hear Peaches live (amongst other songs) from Presidents of the United States of America. And we hear good things about the new album!

“They have delivered an inventive, uplifting and often brilliant rock & roll album. From the opening, celebratory blast of “Mixed Up SOB”—which embraces the spirit of the band’s 4 million-selling eponymous debut—to the warm, Shins-like lilt of “Loose Balloon,” the group commandeers your attention with fourteen contagious winners.”

Looks like our friends at Live Nation really brought us a great show! Come flashback to the 90’s with us…and maybe discover some new favorites!
ONE OF THE GREATEST SONGS EVER

The Roxy Checks In To Tokio Hotel

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First off we’de like to thank all the fans for all their calls and emails…and for their shrieking and celebrating when we sold them tickets over the phone. We are making dreams come true! But in all seriousness, we are so happy that we are able to host the first show EVER in the US for Tokio Hotel – a band that sells out arenas and stadiums in the UK. This band is HUGE. (4 Number one Singles, 2 Number 1 Albums, 3 million albums sold type HUGE). We can’t wait for them to see our beloved Sunset Strip! Rumor has it, that the band specifically wanted to play our Roxy – and for that we are very very flattered! We hope Hollywood treats them well! We hear that fans are coming from all across the country and all over the world to see this super rare club appearance – what a trip! Sounds like a blast! Please contact the Roxy Box office for tickets (10:30-5:30 M-Friday) @ 310-278-9457. And we’re thinking this show is going to sell out ASAP…so don’t wait! Continue reading

Relapsing With Hollywood Roses

One of the Hottest GNR cover bands on the planet…means that their’s NO better place to spend your Saturday night. We are soooo excited to have Hollywood Roses along with Vains of Jenna, No Thanks, and Wendell Ray! I couldn’t really say it any better than Hollywood Roses themselves…
Hollywood Roses ROCK OUT Monthly at The Roxy!

Currently we are working out what should be the best night of the month on the sunset strip. Remember the days of hair, bands, drinking and chaos? Remember the crazy Hollywood nights – if you do, you probably weren’t there.
ROCK n ROLL returns to the SUNSET STRIP with a crazy Hollywood Roses kickoff party JANUARY 19th. Welcome back to the Jungle! It’s about time!”

Hollywood Roses - 1/19

As always, call the Roxy box office for tickets 310 278 9457 – see you there!

Just To Keep You All In the Loop

We have some really great shows coming up int he next few weeks – and as tickets begin to go onsale – we wanted to make sure you don’t miss out. These of course are all listed on the calendar (———>) but these shows are hot off the presses! Tickets are available thru our Roxy box office and thru ticketmaster as well. See you there!

PRICKS 1/31/08
One of the best party/rock bands around.

PRICKS RETURN TO THE ROXY

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RAUL MIDON 2/14/08
A musician that will take your breath away. And it’s Valentine’s Day- romantic!

THE CLICK FIVE 2/20/08
New album. New singer. Happy to have them back!

ROCK OVER LONDON PRESENTS: DANS LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP 3/17/08
The hottest acts from the UK. Catch them now… and brag to all your friends later.

HyperCrush is Totally Rad

Check out Thursday nights at On The Rox as it transforms into a Totally Rad 80’s experience. The first of its residency kick off will be tomorrow, Thursday January 10th at 9:30pm. One of of our favorite bands HyperCrush (hopefully you caught them at The Sunset Snowball!) will be performing – armed with crazy dance mixes and sweet moves. You don’t want to miss it!

Totally Rad Thursdays - 1/10

Totally Rad Thursdays - 1/10

Soaring Into ’08 with Eagles of Death Metal

We are still recovering from Monday night…which just proves EODM really brought the party. Drinks were flowing… new friends were made…and the room was PACKED! We couldnt have hoped for a better
way to usher in ’08 and we hope you all had a great and safe new years! Cheers to all the Roxy shows that made your own Top 10 list of ’07 (sex pistols? b52’s? the jonas brothers?) and a big salute to the great year – and great shows- to come! Special thanks to our friends Hello Stranger and The Ringers for starting the night off right…good job guys!
Check out the vid below to re-live the balloon filled countdown!

8th Annual Sunset Snowball

We hope you all were able to come ring in the holiday with us last Friday! The bill was FILLED with some of the hottest up and coming bands that bring a party- time and time again. Old favorites like Shwayze and Cisco – always pack the house – and new favs 3Oh!3, Hyper Crush, LMFAO, Lisa D’Amato, and The Medic Droid really showed us the coolest scene in town.
3Oh!3

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