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Happy Birthday Rainbow Bar & Grill!

All the hipsters were out at Coachella and the lots of porn stars were in Atlantic City, doing the Exxxotica Show – but for denizens of the Sunset Strip on Sunday night, it was the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s Party in the Parking Lot, celebrating 42 years as THE rock’n BEST bar and grill on the planet.

And what a history! Here’s a list of rock’n’roll dignitaries that the Rainbow has on its Wikipedia as just a few of the famous partyers that like to hang out at the restaurant: “Lemmy, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Micky Dolenz, Grace Slick, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Lizzy Valentine and many others.”

But did you know that the place had actually been a restaurant before becoming the Rainbow? It was called the Villa Nova, owned by director Vincent Minnelli (Lisa’s father) and it was the site of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio’s first blind date. The opening party for the Rainbow, on April 16, 1972, was in honor of Elton John. Throughout the ’70s, the restaurant served as a haunt for all the legendary rock musicians of the day. Then, in the ’80s, the hair bands rose to infamy; bands like Motley Crue and Guns & Roses laid waste to Hollywood and the world.

In fact, RNSU’s own Amber Lynn was discovered at the Rainbow by adult director Clive McLean and wife of HUSTLER founder, Althea Flynt. After shooting for HUSTLER, Amber soon became well-known as a sex symbol of the day – big hair and big boobs, blonde and babelicious!

Last Sunday night, bands Great White, Bullet Boys, Tracii Guns, and Bitch, got the audience all sweaty and seXXXy.

Of course, you cannot talk about the beginnings of the Rainbow, without also remembering Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri, the restaurant’s founders and each a rock’n’roll legend in his own right. Happy birthday, Rainbow!! WE LOVE YOU xoxo

 

Miss Groupie Supreme Sunset Strip Queen Morgana Welch Comes by to Rock It SeXXXy this Thursday

300x300There was a golden time, throughout the ’70s and into the ’80s, when the true daughters of the Sexual Revolution came into their own. Free, fine and funky, young girls found their ways to NYC, San Francisco – of course, many a muse landed in Hollywood, at places like the Whisky, The Rainbow, Gazzarri’s and Rodney Bingenheimer’s British Disco. Los Angeles was the epicenter of the music scene at that time; stadium rockers who sold millions of albums and concert tickets, fueled by wheelbarrows full of booze and drugs, with the most beautiful, ethereal groupies in tow.

Morgana Welch is one of those Angels of the Sunset Strip; a party girl in powder blue eye shadow with a mane of honey blonde hair. The kinda girl you read about in Creem or Circus Magazine. The kinda girl that was the envy of other teen girls, stuck out in the suburbs, that fantasized about meeting Robert Plant or Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop or David Bowie.

Thursday night, April 3, Amber Lynn Rock’N’SeXXXy UnCensored is thrilled to host Miss Morgana and talk about her book “The Hollywood Diaries.” We want to know ALL about the bands, of course, but also about some her groupie cohorts. Actually, producer Jojo was one of those girls stuck in the suburbs during the late ’70s, so she’s dying to hear the dish about all her favorite bands. Miss Amber Lynn has a few Sunset Strip stories, as well – and if we’re very good – she just might tell us a few.

It’s gonna be a GREAT show, so don’t miss it. Call Amber Lynn Rock’N’SeXXXy UnCensored at 323-203-0815 and talk to us LIVE THURSDAY NIGHTS, at 7pm PST/10pm EST – TUNE IN, baby, on LATalkRadio.com., Stitcher.com and iTunes.