Venue notes: Fast Lane, Asbury Park NJ
Rock club adjunct to the Asbury Lanes bowling alley, located
at 207 4th Ave in Asbury Park. Before it was demolished
in Jul 2013, the place had a long and interesting history, as
outlined in this excerpt from
The Fastlane, at 207 Fourth Avenue, was converted from an old apartment house garage.
The nightclub first opened in 1974 as Rocky’s Warehouse Saloon (usually called The
Warehouse) and that lasted until 1976. It was then Hotel California in 1977 and became
The Fastlane from 1978 until 1981, according to Asbury Park musical historians Billy
and Ruth Smith.
In 1981 it briefly operated as Hitsville South and then went back to The Fastlane and
was open until December, 1982. It then closed but reopened again a few times over the
According to the Smiths, famous acts to play The Fast Lane include John Bongiovi (aka
Bon Jovi, with Atlantic City Expressway, The Rest, and John Bongiovi and The Wild Ones),
U2, Patti Smith, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Stray Cats, Sam and Dave,
Rockpile, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Sly Stone, Hall and Oates, Joe Jackson, George
Thorogood, The Ramones, Squeeze, Flo and Eddie, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Mink DeVille,
Mitch Ryder, Garland Jeffreys, Edgar Winter, Mountain, Gary U.S. Bonds, Steve Forbert,
Ronnie Spector, and James Cotton.
Jon Bon Jovi played the Fastlane while still in high school. Bruce Springsteen is known
to have played with other bands at The Fastlane at least nine times over the years.
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