Before it became my punk rock mecca in 1980 and 1981, the Starwood was a fashionable club in the 60's known as PJ's. During the early and mid 70's, it transformed into one of the leading rock clubs in Los Angeles when it was renamed the "Starwood". It was located at 8151 Santa Monica Blvd and sat on the corner of Crescent Heights where there is currently a strip mall type deli.
The Starwood hosted the Germs (who played their legendary last show at the venue), Fear, Circle Jerks, the Ramones, the Dead Boys, the Stranglers, X, Black Flag, the Stains, and Suicidal Tendencies, but was a solid rock club, with the Go-Go's, Devo, the Jam, Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Judas Priest (who did three nights at the Starwood in 1978) and Mötley Crüe, who played their first concert together as a band on April 24, 1981 (Nikki Sixx, worked at the Starwood as a janitor and convinced his boss to let them play, opening for the band Y&T).
The club closed permanently on June 13, 1981, by order of Los Angeles County due to too many citations for underage drinking, noise issues, and by being directly adjacent to a residential area that didn’t like punks peeing in its bushes.