Two huge landmarks on The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, The Comedy Store and the Rainbow Bar & Grill,are set to celebrate their upcoming 40th anniversaries by hosting special events to mark the occasion. This Sunday, April 15, the Rainbow will host an outdoor party from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM with a dozen bands set to perform on an outdoor stage and inside the Rainbow.
The Rainbow (9015 Sunset Blvd.) opened April 16, 1972 with a party for Elton John and has been a second home for actors and musicians, their fans, friends and entourages ever since. Celebrities including John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Keith Moon, John Belushi, Grace Slick, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Motley Crue, B-Real and Lemmy have all been sited there, and the restaurant and bar continue to draw customers from around the world. The Rainbow’s 40th anniversary party will feature performances by Pretty Boy Floyd, Don Dokken, Hurricane, Phil Soussan, DC4 among others. Entrance to the event is free with the purchase of a drink.
“We are proud to still be rockin’ after 40 years and look forward to many more,” noted co-owner Mikeal Maglieri, whose family remains one of the original owners of the Rainbow and the Whisky A Go-Go.
In other Sunset Strip news, the fifth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival will take place August 16-18, with this year’s honoree and headlining acts set to be announced soon. For more information, visit www.SSMF.com.