The Rainbow Bar & Grill 46th Anniversary Party in the Parking Lot – 04/22/2018
The Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood on the world famous Sunset Strip held its annual anniversary party in the parking lot on Sunday April 22 to celebrate its 46th year in existence. A mid-size stage was setup behind the Roxy Theater (which is next door to the Rainbow) and hundreds of fans jam packed both the parking lot and the Rainbow itself for the duration of the celebration.
This year the party was headlined by Lynch Mob with additional performances by Faster Pussycat and Rough Cutt as well as Holy Grail, Rhino Bucket, Sergio Michael, Ninth Circle and Angeles. The performances kicked off at 2:00pm and ran the entire day until 10:00pm. Fans young, old and everything in between showed up to support the Sunset Strip music scene and enjoy some younger talent as well as a few classic 80’s bands.
Formed in the early 80’s, Rough Cutt never quite had the commercial success of some of their “Hair Band” peers but definitely made up for it with some kickass music. Led by vocalist Paul Shortino the band played several of their hits such as “Take Her” and “Cutt Your Heart Out” and ended their set with the Hear n’ Aid (one off rock/metal collaboration to raise money for famine in Africa back in 1985 led by Ronnie James Dio) song “Stars”. The 35 minute set was a perfect primer for Faster Pussycat.
LA natives and kings of sleaze rock Faster Pussycat were introduced by Rikki Rachtman who along with Faster Pussycat’s vocalist Taime Downe founded The Cathouse rock club in the 80’s. Downe and band ripped through 60 minutes of sex fueled rock n roll belting out anthems such as “Bathroom Wall”, “Slip of the Tongue” and “Shut Up & F*ck” as well as rockers “Number 1 with a Bullet” and “Don’t Change that Song”.
In addition to Downe who is a great frontman whose voice still sounds fantastic, lead guitarist Ace Von Johnson breathes a bit of youth into the band with his scorching fretwork and blistering solos. Faster Pussycat is still alive and well and bringing the sleaze!
Formed in 1989 after guitarist George Lynch left Dokken, Lynch Mob has had a revolving door of players but has succeeded in creating some classic guitar driven rock n roll. The current lineup features vocalist Robert Mason, bassist Sean McNabb and drummer Scot Coogan.
The band focused on some early Lynch Mob material such as “Street Fighting Man” and “River of Love” and threw in some Dokken classics like “When Heaven Comes Down” and “Alone Again”. Lynch showcased his guitar talents on the Dokken instrumental “Mr. Scary” proving he is indeed one of the elite guitar wizards in existence today.