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    We asked multiple sources, they all confirmed, this is really happening, this is real life! Seemingly without warning the Music Box at The Henry Fonda has closed their doors. We have no statements from the owners, but several sources have confirmed. The Music Box was hands down one of the best places to see live music in LA. It seems like only yesterday they threw their post remodel re-opening party with champagne filled gift bags and performances by Lucent Dossier.

    Today, they entered the beautifully decorated lush establishment, put a “Closed for Inventory” sign on the door and proceeded to dismantle the amazing sound system, astounding in house lighting and bar. Then remove them from the building. After speaking to a couple staff members and promoters it would appear that nobody had been warned this was coming.

    Generally when a Hollywood club closes shop it’s a long slow decent into the financial red and comes not as a shock, but a mournful sigh of knowing the “lights out” day was on the way. The Music Box however showed no signs of this sort. They recently hosted Morrissey and have enormous shows this month with ATB and Angels and Airwaves.

    After speaking with our sources, they seem to agree that in hindsight there were a couple red flags, but nothing any rational person would have taken to mean the club was closing. The staff had been told that the venue was working on a new agreement with the landlord and it would be settled soon – not uncommon for venues in LA.

    According to one of our sources after the Pee Wee Herman shows were moved from the Music Box to Club Nokia, two of the three owners opted to sell their shares and leave the business – again, not uncommon for venues in LA. When the new owners were brought in nobody informed the landlord of the change. It was only after the death of one of the past owners that the landlord became aware. For months the current owners and the landlord clashed until finally, the landlord served an eviction.

    Unfortunately without a new owner lined up the venue’s permits with the city will lapse and whoever wants to open up a new club will have to reapply and wait for new permits, a timely and excessively expensive task. Sadly, it looks like it will be a long time before the doors at The Fonda are opened again. They should have pulled some Weekend at Bernies stuff and kept the Music Box going, it was a really great sound system.

    More here as the story develops….

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    wtf... not cool at all.

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    no way. bummer.

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    This sucks.

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    I'll be staying home even more now.
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    Glad I got to see Amon Tobin last year, probably the best sounds system I've ever heard.
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    That fucking sucks; one of my favorite venues in LA.

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    saw a nice Camera Obscura show there couple years ago and liked the venue

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    Nooooooooo

    This is so sad.

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    This is hard to believe, Fonda was def my fav venue in LA. Some amazing memories there.... What now?
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    I saw Bat for Lashes there in 2009. Cool venue. Haven't seen it since they renovated though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Gribble View Post
    I saw Bat for Lashes there in 2009. Cool venue. Haven't seen it since they renovated though.

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    Wow this blows. I love how you could always find free parking within walking distance. Flogging Molly, Grinderman, Racontours....fuck so many good shows here
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    Such is the bureaucratic clusterfuck and the high cost of operating venues these days, this could well be shuttered for a long time. Probably reopen as a nightclub, wine bar or some other crap that will close within a few years.

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    The Orpheum is too nice of a replacement. Tessa better offer sandwiches and hot cocoa if anyone is expecting me to drive to the west side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbastard View Post
    The Orpheum is too nice of a replacement. Tessa better offer sandwiches and hot cocoa if anyone is expecting me to drive to the west side.
    I don't think Tessa decided to shut down the Music Box. I am sadder about the Music Box closing than the death of Nick and Aaron Carters' sister.

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    WTF?!?!?! I have so many good memories of great shows at the Fonda and hanging out up on the roof. Lame.
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    WHAT THE FUCK

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    Radiohead = greatest memory
    Rapture = recent greatest memory
    Trentemoller = my last show

    Again, I repeat: what the fuck?

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    only saw 1 show there: godspeed last february. easily one of the best shows i've ever seen at one of the best venues i've ever attended.
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    Pixies, Girls, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Godspeed!, The Aquabats, Death From Above... So many awesome gigs. Worked for pretty much everything.

    Some of the first "real shows" I went to were at the Fonda when I was able to drive myself there. I will miss it dearly.

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    One of my absolute favorite places. They were just announcing shows as recent as Tuesday. This is weird.
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    What does this mean for Blue Palms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rag and bone View Post
    What does this mean for Blue Palms?
    Why would it mean anything for Blue Palms? They're an extremely popular bar that happened to have a good relationship with their next door neighbors. Bryan isn't going to be letting this have an effect on his business, he works too hard for it. One of, if not my favorite bar in L.A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rag and bone View Post
    What does this mean for Blue Palms?
    Blue Palms shall overcome.

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    I took in a Swervedriver show there back in 08 that I will never forget. Such a loss for L.A. & music lovers everywhere.
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    My first date with my wife was at musicbox
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueduck View Post
    My first date with my wife was at musicbox
    My first date with your wife was also at the Music Box. Last week!
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    well, for all intensive porpoises it is, will sell out within seconds tomorrow.
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    So is there any word from the owners/management regarding this? Because fuck that. The Music Box went from being a shithole Hollywood venue with too many talkers at the bar to one of my absolute favorite places. The redesign and new sound equipment they put in there made that place shine.
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    I'm going to have to make a list of all the shows I've seen there now. It's going to be a pretty long list.

    EDIT: I'm starting to have flashbacks about the knitting Factory closing - my other favorite venue. ugh.
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