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Cathouse Live FestivalIn 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
 

 

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Metal_Allegiance_1-21-15Late January can be like one long slow news day, so a live 80’s Metal All-Star Jam was a welcome experience in early 2015.
 
On January 21st, Metal Allegiance blasted the Downtown Disney House of Blues in Anaheim, California with members from classic metal bands Exodus, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Death Angel and Sepultura.
 
The show started with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and his spoken words stories. Scott talked about how sometimes he is mistaken for other rock stars by people he meets, noting one instance in a Los Angeles taxi, where the driver turned around and yelled at him, “your System of a Down!” LOL. The driver thought he was Shavo Odadjian because he also has a bald head and beard. The stories continued for about 30 minutes and then it was time for some kick ass tunes.
 
Hitting the stage first were Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante from Anthrax along with Troy Sanders from Mastodon, thrashing the S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) gem ‘March of the S.O.D.-Sargent D & the S.O.D.’ and ‘Freddy Krueger.’
 
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Next up was Rex Brown (Pantera), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), amd Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), rocking hard two Judas Priest songs, ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Victim of Changes.’
 
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All night, this all-star jam kicked ass on songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Sepultura, Van Halen and Ronnie James Dio. Former DIO guitarist Jimmy Bain was a special guest.
 
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It was an amazing show and we wish to thank Kevin Chiaramonte for making this happen for METAL SHOP… You Rock Kevin! Here are some photos and videos. -Ralph
 
Metal Allegiance Performers:
 

  • Mike Portnoy (Ex Dream Theater)
  • Troy Sanders (Mastodon)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testemant)
  • John Tempesta (The Cult)
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)
  • Mark Osegueda (Death Angel)
  • Rex Brown (Pantera)
  • Chris Broderick (Ex Megadeth)
  • Frank Bello (Anthrax)
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)

Here are some more photos. You can also view videos on the METAL SHOP YouTube page at this location – Click Here. -Ralph
 
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