The Starwood

Former Location –

Previous to the Starwood, this location was the home to P.J.’s Night Club, regularly referred to as Los Angeles’ First Discotheque. The Club was at the time owned by Bill Doherty, Paul Raffles, Phil Tanzini and Elmer Valentine. They opened it in 1961 and Tanzini and Valentine also went on to open The Whisky A Go Go, and The Trip a few years later in 1964.

The Starwood was the hard rock club of the seventies and one of the first clubs to book L.A. punk bands, this club met its demise from being directly adjacent to a residential area that didn’t like punks peeing in its bushes.

Mötley Crüe played their first concert together as a band at here on April 24, 1981. Mötley Crüe’s bass guitarist, Nikki Sixx worked at the Starwood and convinced his bosses to let them play there. Many other bands got their start here as well including, Van Halen, DEVO, X, and the Go-Go’s.


The Starwood

8151 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90046