City: Los Angeles
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Address: 8151 Santa Monica Blvd.
Closed doors in: 1981
Famous for: Home to Van Halen, Black Flag, and Motley Crue
Before becoming the Starwood, the club was called PJ's, a premier jazz nightclub in the 60's that attracted a number of film and TV personalities. Managed by Elmer Valentine, the founder of Whikey a Go-Go, PJ's was bought out by an organized crime figure, Eddie Nash, and turned into The Starwood. The venue served as the stomping grounds of talents in the late '70s, spawning the careers of many bands like Black Flag, the Germs, the Knack, Motley Crue, and Van Halen. Even though the club was closed down in 1981 due to underage drinking citations, the legendary club lives on in the lyrics and early memories of Anthony Kiedis, who had to sneak into the Starwood to catch his favorite shows.