By Britt Bickel
Los Angeles’ iconic music venue House Of Blues Sunset Strip is singing its final tune this summer – two years earlier than expected. The Live Nation operated venue will close its doors for good in the first week of August, reports Billboard.
It was announced last August that the venue would be shut down and demolished to make way for a new development that includes a hotel complex, condos and a new entertainment venue.
At the time, however, it was reported that the venue and staff would be given until 2017 to relocate from their longtime location on the strip. Billboard notes that the reason for the early closing is not known.
News of its closing came after Live Nation filed layoff notices with the Employment Development Department, as first reported in the Los Angeles Business Journal. The notices revealed layoffs for 197 employees – bartenders, bussers, servers, directors, cooks, sales, stage hands, managers and security – starting on July 31.
“We’ve had a terrific run with our Sunset location and we’re actively searching for a new venue as our flagship,” a spokesperson for Live Nation told the journal. “We’re actively working with our employee base to assure them of employment.”
The HOB Sunset Strip opened its doors in 1994 and has played host to numerous acts over its 20-year history, including classic artists like The Doors, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Billy Idol, ZZ Top and more.
The final shows listed on the venue’s calendar include Steel Panther, Soul Asylum, Tokio Hotel and Stiff Little Fingers.