In the mid-1980’s, The Cathouse in Hollywood, California, hosted some of the best rock bands to make it on MTV and get played on the radio.
Thanks to KNAC and the one and only Riki Rachtman, rock bands like Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns, Skid Row, Bang Tango, and Guns N’ Roses, all played at the world famous Cathouse.
Let’s fast forward to August 15, 2015 in Irvine, California for some of those great rock bands of the 80’s who rocked two stages at Irvine Meadows (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) for Cathouse Live. Bands like BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Trixter and Gilby Clarke played the side stage where temperatures reached up to one hundred degrees in a major heat wave for Southern California. Throughout the day, people were drinking water, water and more water. Unfortunately, a few people had too much alcohol and didn’t make it through the whole show.
The main stage kicked ass with Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Dokken, L.A.Guns, Faster Pussycat, and Extreme. It was great to hear some of the songs I grew up listing to as a high school kid, like ‘Piece of Me’ (Skid Row), ‘Shelter Me’ (Cinderella), ‘Balled Of Jane’ (L.A. Guns), ‘House Of Pain’ (Faster Pussycat) and ‘More Than Words'(Extreme).
There was plenty of food, drinks, 80’s metal merchandise, spandex, tons of makeup, plus a few mullets. I even saw a few families with their kids showing them what it was like to attend an 80’s rock concert. I hope they make this a yearly event and move it to Hollywood or L.A. where it belongs. I want to thank Kristine Ashton-Magnuson for the credentials… You Rock! And Big Big Thanks to Riki Rachtman and everyone who helped put this show together… YOU ALL ROCK! LONG LIVE 80’s METAL!!!!! -Ralph
Pasadena Star-News: (Keifer) began experiencing vocal troubles while touring in support of the group’s third album, “Heartbreak Station.”
“The onset of the problems was pretty sudden, almost overnight,” Keifer said. “It was towards the end of the tour. We only had a few weeks left when I noticed that my voice just started breaking and cracking, more in the middle register of my voice, and I couldn’t control the notes.”
The doctor went on to tell him that most singers don’t sing again or don’t sound like they did before. He also said that there wasn’t a cure, but with extensive therapy, working with speech pathologists and vocal coaches, Keifer might be able to teach his vocal cords to respond normally again.
It took Keifer more than three years of working with coaches to get enough strength to sing again. When it was time to record a new album (“Still Climbing”) his vocals were pieced together in the studio.
There have been other obstacles over the years, including vocal strain. Keifer also has had six surgeries on his throat to fix “collateral damage,” including several hemorrhages. But Keifer says his vocal paresis also has a good side.
“One of the positive things that came out of this whole mess is that from the voice training I learned a lot of things and developed different areas of my voice,” he said. “The middle part of my voice in particular, it’s probably a little stronger than it used to be, although it’s still volatile from day to day. But on a good day I can do things that maybe I couldn’t do before this.”