Last night a new friend and I went to the well known Sunset Strip nightclub The Viper Room. He invited me to check out one of his favorite hip hop groups playing there, Get Busy Committee. It was opened in 1993 and was partially owned by Johnny Depp until 2004. Most people know that the Viper Room is where River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993. After his death, the club remained and is still a popular hangout for celebrities. Henry Morton, the owner of the Viper Room hopes to turn the gritty Sunset Strip club into a global franchise by opening several live music venues throughout the world, all of which will bear the name "The Viper Room. The L.A. Times has called it "the most consistently hip club in town."