Legendary Hollywood Venue Owner Mikael Maglieri of Rainbow & Whisky A Go-Go Dies at 73

Legendary Hollywood Venue Owner Mikael Maglieri of Rainbow & Whisky A Go Go Dies at 73

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Legendary Hollywood Venue Owner Mikael Maglieri of Rainbow & Whisky A Go-Go Dies at 73 1

The Sunset Strip has lost a luminary. Mikael Maglieri, the cherished owner of the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill and Whisky A Go Go, has passed away at the age of 73. His departure leaves a legacy as enduring as the rock legends that frequented his establishments.

Whisky A Go Go’s heartfelt social media tribute resonates with the loss felt by the community: “He Was The Best Person In The World. The Most Generous. The Most Loving. Just The Best Person In The World. Thank You, Mikael, For Everything. I Can’t Even Begin To Tell You How Much You’re Going To Be Missed.”

Mikael was the son of Mario Maglieri, the original trailblazer who set the foundation for these renowned venues and who himself passed away in 2017. Together, father and son crafted a rock and roll empire that became the soul of West Hollywood.

The Rainbow Bar & Grill, alongside Whisky A Go Go, was more than just a watering hole; it was a cultural epicenter for the ’80s hair metal scene, a backdrop for the era-defining sounds and styles shaping music history.

The walls of these venues are steeped in stories of the icons who once called them home—icons such as Lemmy from Motörhead, who was more than a regular but part of the Rainbow family.

As we mourn the loss of Mikael Maglieri, we also celebrate the indelible mark he left on the Strip. These establishments, under his guidance, became synonymous with the spirit of rock and roll, fostering a community where music fans and legendary musicians alike could converge.

To truly understand the impact of Mikael’s work, one need only watch the hour-long documentary on the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Starting with the inimitable Lemmy, it’s a profound homage to a place that was, and always will be, much more than just a venue—it’s a chapter in the story of the rock itself.

To the friends, family, and countless lives touched by Mikael’s generosity and spirit, our deepest sympathies. As the guitars wail and the memories echo down Sunset Boulevard, let us find comfort in the knowledge that Mikael Maglieri helped shape a scene that will resonate forever in the annals of rock history.

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