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
METAL SHOP Rocks attended the announcement of the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards nominees at The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.
This will be the fifth year of the award show and it will take place on Thursday, May 2 at Club Nokia in Downtown L.A. The Golden Gods will be broadcast live on X Box Live and will also stream live on Revolver Magazine’s Facebook page.
To announce the nominees, host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Zakk Wylde and others. Halestorm performed a special live set, including a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach on a cover of the Skid Row classic “Slave to the Grind.”
Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Orange Amplification®), “Song of the Year,” “Best Live Band” (presented by Samson®/Zoom®), “Best New Talent,” “Most Metal Athlete” (presented by Roadrunner Records®), “Comeback of the Year,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®) and “Most Dedicated Fans” (presented by Xbox LIVE®). Voting is currently open at GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 15.
The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Ernie Ball®) will go to hard-rock and metal icons METALLICA, who will release the 3D movie Through the Never in August. (Previous honorees include RUSH, MÖTLEY CRÜE, Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD and Ozzy Osbourne.) Metallica’s Lars Ulrich commented, “Since the Revolver Golden Gods Awards is fast becoming THE most rocking awards ceremony in the hard rock world, we are beyond psyched to be at the receiving end of this shout out and in the distinguished company of Rush, Lemmy, Ozzy and Motley Crue. I was hanging out and presenting at the shenanigans two years ago and the energy in the room and the vibe backstage was beyond fucking cool, so Metallica is chomping at the bit to partake in this year’s event. Once again, we are honored to be recognized as achievers (!!) and we can’t wait to get up and jam onstage and sweat for and on everybody gathered.”
The Riff Lord Award (presented by EMG Pickups®) is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock & heavy metal. This year it’s going to none other than Black Sabbath axeman, Tony Iommi, who had this to say about the honor, “What a great honour to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.” Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver won the award last year.
Adding to the celebration, the 2013 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night’s hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by Metallica and Anthrax, with more performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Returning as well is the “Black Carpet” pre-show that will be hosted by legendary heavy-metal frontmen Sebastian Bach and Dee Snider. Bach and Snider will be interviewing all the nominees, honorees and performers on the Revolver Black Carpet before show time for the special, which will air on both AXS TV and Xbox LIVE.
Looking forward to the show in May… in the meantime Click Here for the nominees and to cast your vote. Below are a few photos of the presser. -Ralph.