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6 Reasons To Pay Tribute To Mario Maglieri

On name recognition alone, some may not know who Mario Maglieri was, but they certainly know the iconic clubs he owned.

Maglieri passed away at the age of 93 yesterday (May 4), and for anyone that cut their teeth at the Roxy Theatre, Whisky a Go Go or hung out at the Rainbow Bar and Grill, they certainly owe a debt to this legendary figure of the Sunset Strip.  Among the tributes that have surfaced since yesterday, few have been as poignant as Matt Sorum’s, which read, “He fed me soup as a starving musician in the 70s when I came to Hollywood.  RIP Mario. I love you.”

A sad day for Hollywood and The Sunset Strip we lost Mario Maglieri owner of @rainbowbarandgrill he fed me soup as a starving musician in the 70s when I came to Hollywood . #Rip Mario I love you

2,781 Likes, 56 Comments - Matt Sorum (@mattsorum) on Instagram: "A sad day for Hollywood and The Sunset Strip we lost Mario Maglieri owner of @rainbowbarandgrill he..."

In honor of Maglieri, here’s six reason to pay tribute to the “King of the Sunset Strip” today.

 

The Doors

Infamously, The Doors were once the house band of The Whisky.  Even more infamously, they were fired as the house band after they debuted “The End” one fateful night in 1966.

The End

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group The End · The Doors The Doors ℗ 1967 Elektra Entertainment Group Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States Drums: John Densmore Engineer: Jac Holzman Guitar: Robby Krieger Keyboards: Ray Manzarek Producer: Paul A Rothchild Recorder: Bruce Botnick Vocals: Jim Morrison Composer: Jim Morrison Composer: John Paul Densmore Composer: Raymond D.

 

Led Zeppelin

The first big multi-night stand Led Zeppelin booked in the United States was at The Whisky a Go Go and took place January 2, 4 and 5 in 1969.  They were billed in advertisements as “Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds.”  Zeppelin’s opening act?  Alice Cooper.  Oh…to be a fly on the wall at those shows!

Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused (Supershow 1969)

© 2010 WMG. Led Zeppelin perform "Dazed and Confused" - filmed for "Supershow" 1969. From the official Led Zeppelin DVD (2003. LedZeppelin.com ★ Share this video on Facebook: http://goo.gl/4tfFD http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/march-25-1969 http://www.ledzeppelin.com/ http://www.facebook.com/ledzeppelin http://www.twitter.com/ledzeppelin

 

Van Halen

How important was the Sunset Strip to Van Halen?  They returned to the Whisky to celebrate the 15th anniversary of performing at the venue, which was chronicled in the music video for “Dreams.”

Van Halen - Dreams (Official Video)

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Motley Crue

Crue formed in January 1981.  Their debut Too Fast For Love came out November 1981.  That entire year was spent tirelessly raising hell at The Roxy, The Whisky and everywhere in between in West Hollywood trying to make it big.  Looks like their hard work paid off.

Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls

Music video by Motley Crue performing Girls, Girls, Girls. (P) 1987 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Masters 2000 Inc

 

Guns N’ Roses

When the Sunset Strip got a little too hairy and glam in the 80s, GN’R showed up, kicked some ass and took the scene over.  The rest is history.

Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Music video by Guns N' Roses performing Welcome To The Jungle. (C) 1987 Guns N' Roses

 

Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy moved to the United States in the early 90s and settled in West Hollywood just blocks away from his favorite bar, the Rainbow Bar and Grill.  Since his death, the Rainbow has become a memorial to the Motorhead frontman equipped with a stunning bronze statue on its patio.

Ace Of Spades DVD - Extra - A Piece Of Lemmy's Mind At The Rainbow

Ace Of Spades DVD - Extra - A Piece Of Lemmy's Mind At The Rainbow

 

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)