”Anti Club” is famous that “Red Hot Chili Peppers” had played before. It is at “Melrose” avenue driving ten minutes from the busy shopping district at the intersection of “Melrose” and “Fairfax” avenue to “Los Angeles” downtown.
It was in the residential area and different mood compared with “West Hollywood” at the Sunset, and going around the area by car, to find the parking place, on the road. Club was like one big normal house. If no one stands around the place, visitor will just pass by since it is like normal house. When getting into the entrance at the ground level and turning left, there was a bar counter at the right, then performance area at the left.
The impressed point at this Club was band performance. I have visited in 1995 and 1998. The performed band in 1995 was great and I can clearly remember its performance. It was 4-piece grunge rock band, and its performance was energetic with high skill of playing. At the latter part of performance, vocalist stepped down from the stage with shouting, then laid down to the floor with spasms. Audiences at that time were approx. 20 people. I was watching its performance leaning by the back side of wall, and stunned, absent-minded for some time. I have forgotten the name of the band; however, I remember that bass-drum describing the “Pig”.
The stage was five meters wide, three meters depth, and a couple of centimeters high. Space in front of the stage packed fully with fifty people. In the first place, it did not seem to be a place built for the purpose of Rock Club. It was local atmosphere since the surrounding area was an ordinary residential district.
It was surprising that “Red Hot Chili Peppers” had played at this local Rock Club. In addition, this “Anti Club” fits the image in terms of the role that local band is active and embodies the flow of success. I think this was a very referential place for individual to run a Rock Club.
In 2018, I visited the site and found that the house building was demolished and changed to a small shopping area. The elderly woman I saw in front of this club house still fine?
■ Name of Place：Anti Club
■ Address : 4658 Melrose Hollywood, California, USA
■ Performed Musician :
Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down, Weezer, Faith No More, Sonic Youth, The Cult
(described on Dec 30 2018)
(latest update on Jan 18 2020)