According to several news reports Tuesday, another longtime Sunset Strip music fixture is closing down.
The L.A. Times notes that the HoB is one of many properties along the Sunset Strip, an L.A. hotspot for music venues, clubs and buzzing nightlife, that will be demolished to make way for a hotel development. The scene of the popular West Hollywood area has shifted over the years as property investors move in and plan new developments in place of notable Sunset Strip landmarks.
According to Bloomberg, AECOM and developer Combined Properties Inc. are planning to build “149 hotel rooms, 40 condos, five rental units and an entertainment venue at the House of Blues site” with construction to start in 2015.
The L.A. Times reached out to Live Nation for comment in regards to the reports, and though it will be closing down, representative Ashton Spatz told them the flagship site will “operate business as usual while we look for a new home.”
“We have 2+ years to find that perfect spot for a new Los Angeles House of Blues home with no interruption for music fans. Stay tuned. The best is yet to come!” he added.
Opened in 1994, The House Of Blues Sunset Strip, operated by Live Nation, has played host to numerous acts over its 20-year history, including many classic artists like The Doors, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Billy Idol, ZZ Top and more. It has long featured an eclectic mix of genres from R&B and blues/gospel to rock and hip-hop.
This isn’t the first music venue on the Sunset Strip that has closed its doors; just last year the Key Club, which opened in 1967, shuttered its doors for good. Luckily for the HoB, it looks as though it will continue to rock on, just not along the Sunset Strip.