Death : Mario Maglieri
Owner of Sunset Strip landmarks Whisky a Go Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill dies at 93
A singular figure who owned two of the most enduring clubs in the neighborhood, the Whisky a Go Go and the Rainbow Bar & Grill, Maglieri fed musicians including Led Zeppelin, Cypress Hill, Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead and hundreds more and helped just as many land onstage.
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Thank God for His rich mercy that saves a few, the surrendered few from the disobedient rulers of this world.
Woe to owner of Sunset Strip bar and grill Mario Maglieri because he has now fallen into the hands of an angry God: It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, (Ephesians 2:1-4)
Sad to say there will be no resting in peace …ever.
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(latimes.com)—In the ’80s, the Whisky helped drive the nascent metal movement that propelled bands including Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue. When grunge killed that scene, bands including Soundgarden, Mudhoney and the Melvins landed at the Whisky. Maglieri’s son, Mikael, continues to own and run the club.
Through it all, Maglieri witnessed rock ’n’ roll excess and inspiration firsthand — though he said he’d never so much as smoked a joint himself. John Belushi ate his last meal at the Rainbow before overdosing at the Chateau Marmont. A Times profile from 1993 described Maglieri talking world politics with John Lennon outside the Roxy and buying Janis Joplin one of her last bottles of Southern Comfort. He chided Jim Morrison of the Doors for his drug use.
Asked in another Times interview about the earliest rocker regulars at the Rainbow, Maglieri cited Led Zeppelin in the 1970s. “Every time they were in town, they’d party in the middle booth. And them guys know how to party!”
The rowdiest? “Oh, Guns N’ Roses! I had to put them out I don’t know how many times! They’d get rowdy and throw bread at people. They’re good guys, but they get out of hand.”
A music fan his entire life, Maglieri didn’t play favorites when it came to genre — though he said Sid Vicious and other nihilist punks annoyed him. Asked what his favorite era for music was, he replied: “Every year. I love rock ’n’ roll. Even the guys coming up, they get an E for effort.”
Maglieri is survived by his wife of more than 70 years, Scarlett; his son Mikael and grandchildren Mikael, Cheryl and Gina. A public memorial will be held at the Rainbow Bar & Grill at 1 p.m. on May 28.