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A Fond Farewell to Mario Maglieri

Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, Guns N’ Roses’ Steven Adler, metal goddess Lita Ford and scores of other rock & roll lifers gathered at the world famous Rainbow Bar & Grill recently to pay tribute to its beloved owner Mario Maglieri, who passed away recently at the age of 93. A father figure to many of those in attendance, Maglieri was a Sunset Strip legend. He was the co-owner of the Rainbow and The Whisky A Go Go and also managed The Roxy Theatre.

A notorious rock & roll watering hole that became legendary by virtue of its regulars such as the Who’s Keith Moon, the Beatles’ John Lennon and Ringo Starr, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Motorhead’s Lemmy, and many others, the Rainbow opened in 1964 and quickly became a second home to many wayward rockers and rock fans alike. Through all the years, Maglieri set the tone of the place with his warm and welcoming demeanor. He will be missed.

Photos by David Klein