::Bye Bye HOB Sunset?::

Sunset HOB

The famous HOB on Sunset might be shut down, because of recent violent incidents the venue.
Reports indicate that staff has not improved security after problems occur.

Within the last 12 months, events at the House of Blues have led to 44 arrests for incidents including fights, drunk and disorderly behavior, and grand theft, according to statistics released in Heilman’s report. During the same time period, there have been more than 100 sheriff’s radio dispatches to the venue.
The most recent bar fight, on Sept. 4, left one woman hospitalized, involved more than 100 people brawling both inside and outside, and shut down the Sunset Strip for most of that Thursday evening, the report said.

In that incident, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies had to request assistance from the L.A. and Beverly Hills police departments while arresting dozens of people on outstanding warrants, battery and drunkenness.

The report lists a series of violent incidents that have occurred this year at the Strip’s House of Blues:

* Feb. 27: Patron hit in the face at concert.

* March 23: Large crowd fighting in driveway.

* March 28: Several persons involved in fight. Security requests deputies’ assistance to prevent fight from escalating.

* April 26: Deputies called to location. Windows open and loud concert music being played into neighborhood.

* May 23: Fighting in top parking lot.

* June 21: Six men trying to fight with security in nearby driveway.

* June 26: Male in and out of consciousness at venue. Fire rescue unit required.

* June 30: About 50 people fighting at the club.

* July 7: About 200 people from concert in front of club and people getting into fights.

* July 15: Female in and out of consciousness at location. Fire rescue unit required.

* Aug. 5: Man had chair thrown at him in club.

* Sept. 4: More than 100 people were involved in fights both inside and outside. Several people were arrested. One woman was hospitalized. Helicopters were dispatched to monitor the area until 1 a.m. The Sunset Strip shut down for several hours.

LA Times

This venue has been home to some of the biggest shows to grace Sunset Strip.
A couple of the big names I have seen is Bad Religion and The Dead Kennedy’s.
I know there are many more; Billy Idol and Face 2 Face reunion to name a few.

I have been to this venue a few times for other events as well.
The Spearmint Rhino loves to rent out this venue for their Christmas parties.

I believe most of the problems stem from being an all age club.
Although the over 21 crowd is required to wear wrist bands its does not seem to do much to keep under 21 people from drinking. Furthermore, the security allows mosh pits during some shows. Common sense tells most of us this is a horrible idea.
Letting drunk people run around and hit each other and expecting them to be able to control themselves afterwards.