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