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7th May 2017

mario maglieri

The founder of Whiskey A Go-Go, Rainbow Bar & Grill and The Roxy Theater, Mario Maglieri, has passed away aged 93.

Born on February 7th 1924 in Seppino, Italy, Mario moved to the United States with his family at the age of four. He ran clubs and restaurants in Chicago prior to moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s to manage the Whiskey A Go-Go which he later took over.

in 1972, alon with Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler and others, he over a Sunset Strip restaurant and turned it the Rainbow.

The marquee over the Whiskey A Go-Go read "Rest In Peace Mario Maglieri King of The Sunset Strip" this weekend as a tribute to Mario who is survived by his wife, Scarlett, a son, Mikeal and three grandchildren.

A public memorial will take place on May 28th at the Rainbow.

The following is an official statement from Pat Gesualdo, Founder/CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History.

"With infinite sadness, The Hall Of Heavy Metal History remembers Mario Maglieri. It was a huge honor for us to have the Rainbow Bar And Grill Inducted into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. Mario paved the way for an entire genre of music, and as a result, gave the world countless Legendary bands and artists.

"Mario and Mikeal were the first people whom I felt should be inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, and suggested their names to our nominating committee right from the beginning. I was so honored that they accepted the nomination, because I know they helped establish the rock and Metal genres of music, and deserved to be celebrated forever.

"We keep Mario, Mikeal, The Rainbow Bar And Grill, and the entire Maglieri family in our hearts forever."




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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