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7th May 2017

mario maglieri

The founder of Whiskey A Go-Go, Rainbow Bar & Grill and The Roxy Theater, Mario Maglieri, has passed away aged 93.

Born on February 7th 1924 in Seppino, Italy, Mario moved to the United States with his family at the age of four. He ran clubs and restaurants in Chicago prior to moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s to manage the Whiskey A Go-Go which he later took over.

in 1972, alon with Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler and others, he over a Sunset Strip restaurant and turned it the Rainbow.

The marquee over the Whiskey A Go-Go read "Rest In Peace Mario Maglieri King of The Sunset Strip" this weekend as a tribute to Mario who is survived by his wife, Scarlett, a son, Mikeal and three grandchildren.

A public memorial will take place on May 28th at the Rainbow.

The following is an official statement from Pat Gesualdo, Founder/CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History.

"With infinite sadness, The Hall Of Heavy Metal History remembers Mario Maglieri. It was a huge honor for us to have the Rainbow Bar And Grill Inducted into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. Mario paved the way for an entire genre of music, and as a result, gave the world countless Legendary bands and artists.

"Mario and Mikeal were the first people whom I felt should be inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, and suggested their names to our nominating committee right from the beginning. I was so honored that they accepted the nomination, because I know they helped establish the rock and Metal genres of music, and deserved to be celebrated forever.

"We keep Mario, Mikeal, The Rainbow Bar And Grill, and the entire Maglieri family in our hearts forever."

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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