Mark Weitz was the only one of us old enough to get into Bido Lito's.
I went there a couple of times and stood outside to hear a bit of the band Naz are Blue or just The Naz They were great! ( I remember hearing the Train Kept Rollin) . I got a glimpse of the inside too which in my merky memory had nets or ropes and was kind of a dark place.
I also heard a muffled show by the Byrds there...from outside of course. ( We never played there)
: For some context: Bido Lito's was a hot spot
: for up and coming rock bands in the 60s.
: Located at 1608 Cosmo street (a cul-de-sac
: at the time, between Hollywood Blvd and
: Selma) it was opened as Cosmo's Alley in
: 1957 by Herb Cohen (later involved with
: Zappa, Alice Cooper and much more). In the
: mid 60s it was run by a family whose name I
: don't remember. In 1968 Doug Ingle of Iron
: Butterfly lived in an apartment above the
: club, where the band played often. In late
: 1965-66 Love was the house band there. I do
: remember Mark Weitz saying he had seen Love
: at Bido Lito's. In the 80s it was active as
: "The Gaslight" and some
: psychedelic bands played there. (I saw the
: psych band "SS20" play a killer
: version of the Doors' "My eyes have
: seen you" there, with Sky Saxon in the
: audience) It was a very small place and not
: well ventilated so the crowd would often
: spill out into the street. It has also
: operated under other names like "The
: Sewers of Paris", "The Opium
: Den" and recently "The Brick
: Box". It is now closed.
: --Previous Message--
: I've recently been watching a documentary
: about LOVE called "LOVE
: Story"(cute title,huh?).Two people
: interviwed for the film ,Doors drummer John
: Densmore and legendary record exec Jac
: Holzman botyh recalled seeing LOVE for the
: first time at a club called Bido Litos.Did
: SAC ever gig or attend shows
: there?Also,Densmore metioned a jazz club he
: frequented called Shelley's Manhole.Any
: recollections here?
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