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From 1986-1992 The Cathouse was at the epicenter of the Hollywood Rock scene. Some of the biggest bands in rock would play unannounced shows at the Cathouse but it wasn't the performances by bands like Guns n Roses, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam, Faster Pussycat, Black Crows  (the list goes on) that put Cathouse on the map. It was the sleaze and debauchery, the raunch and roll. Riki Rachtman former host of MTV's Headbangers Ball owned the Cathouse. He opened it with his roommate Taime Downe from the band Faster Pussycat with the premise of getting free drinks and meeting girls.

    Riki enforced a no camera rule at the Cathouse so anything could and did happen. These stories have never been told......Until now

Each episode of Cathouse Hollywood Riki recaps 1 night at the Cathouse and he recounts the night with a participant or witness to what took place that evening. His guest could be a a musician that sold 5 million records or the girl that worked the coat check. It doesn't matter at Riki Rachtman's World Famous Cathouse we were all Rock Stars
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Much of this show was aired on an earlier episode of the Cathouse Hollywood Podcast but when Riki Rachtman went on Gimme Metal app do host "The Ball on March 27th he decided it would be a good time to get people re aquatinted with MTV not popular show, Every Saturday night we had Heavy Metal videos but where did this show get it's start. Riki shares the history of not only the Headbangers Ball but the evolution of the term Headbanger
The Night things got heavy at the Cathouse host RIKI RACHTMAN Hollywood had it's 80's-90's Sleaze rock scene, the Bay area had  Thrash . Both rock, both labeled by some as heavy metal but both could not be more different. While Riki Rachtman was hosting Headbangers Ball he was in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, became  friends with the guys in the band Exodus. Somewhere in the story  is a dead body. Riki brings you back to 1987 & the rapidly growing LA scene , he hangs out with Exodus vocalist Zetro they tell the tale of the night the two worlds collided at Cathouse See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Riki Rachtman (Headbangers Ball ) Gilby Clarke (Guns n Roses ) Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) These 3 guys were the forefathers of the World Famous Cathouse. Yes you will hear a few stories from "Back in the Day" but during this unique time of Corona Quarantine we find out what these 3 guys are doing while they STAY AT HOME plus a look back at the Cathouse 5th Anniversary the day AIDS made rock headlines. What happened when Riki & Taime crossed the line and didn't talk for years? All that and more See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Van Halen's David Lee Roth has a little story that Riki Rachtman would like you all to believe but unfortunately he shares the truth. Junkyards Tim Mosher recaps the night  at the Cathouse Guns n Roses  Axl Rose Skid Row Sebastian Bach fought off flying pieces of paper, woman and took over the pit. Plus Riki is on hs way to NAMM and a preview of The Triple R. Want to support this show ? Go check out the cool Cathouse swag at www.cathousehollywood.com
We pick up where Episode 5 left off. Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and TV Goddess Heather Locklear have hired Riki Rachtman to DJ their wedding. We go to the wedding which may have been a spark that ignited Riki to come up with the Cathouse Rock Dance club concept. We take a trip to the wedding then Riki comes up with the concept of the name Cathouse. Now all we need is a location. The decision is an unlikely run down night club that once was the most popular disco in the 70's...Riki also finds DJ Joseph Brooks   This is the stepping stone to what led to the opening of CATHOUSE
Riki Rachtman created the Cathouse and after that he became the host of Headbangers Ball. What about before 86. It's a history of hustle featuring many known players you never expected to be in this tale. Riki goes to his first punk rock show in 1979 with a friend that started a fashion empire that eventually had a tragic ending. We talk to Keith Riki's High school buddy that was a key element to promoting there first night clubs before they were even old enough to drink. What heavy metal album turned it all around? This is not like the other episodes and Riki has said that he had no plans to write a book but if he did. Episode 5 would be what it would be like. It's the story you NEVER heard told by the guy that experienced it all with an intro that he is trying to write in 3rd person
In episode 4 we go back to the night Riki Rachtman wanted to thrash things up a bit.He explains his logic to not having bands play in the Cathouse early days and his disdain for certain type of nightclub door policies .   Megadeth bass player David Ellefson  shares a few Cathouse memories remembering when he frequented the club in 1988. Even though Megadeth had never played any of the Hollywood nightclubs they decided to play the Cathouse at the peak of the bands success.We recall that night in 1991 and even hear a few vintage clips from Dave Mustaine. On that subject in 1990 Riki recounts going from the guy that owned the Cathouse to the guy that hosted MTV's Headbangers Ball and the effect that had at the Cathouse.    Riki also addresses the very public feud that was played out on MTV between himself and Dave Mustaine. Was the rivalry real?   PLUS you will not believe what band opened up for Megadeth that night at the Cathouse. Several years after that show they changed their name and style and sold millions of records on the pop charts. Yes it's that and much more  
There was no greater rivalry in Hard Rock than Guns n Roses Axl Rose vs Motley Crue's Vince Neil. These guys truly hated each other and the world knew it. Did you know it all stemmed from one night at the Cathouse. We break down what led to the epic battle that never happened .We hear from Vince and Axl. Riki shares the Role Axl played in not only the Cathouse but his job at MTV.    .Anybody that went to Cathouse will agree .The Cathouse attracted so many beautiful women wearing the the most provactive outfits. To the point that it spawned a style Called Cathouse chic. Where did  the girls from Cathouse come from?  A group of them worked at The Hollywood Tropicana we visit the Trop and we are introduced to the Queens of the Cathouse "The Broad Squad" Wait aminute What do the girls from the Tropicana have to do with the Vince and Axl feud..Oh everything  Listen up and you will see how all of this intertwines together  PLUS RARE AUDIO of the night Vince sand with Guns n Roses at the Cathouse    
On the Cathouse Hollywood podcast Riki Rachtman former host of  Headbangers Ball  and creator of the Cathouse shares some of the never before stories from Hollywood's most notorious rock club. On episode 2 We go back to one night 1986 BC (Before Cathouse) How did Taime Downe from Faster Pussycat even meet Riki. Riki takes us back to the Hollywood scene when dance clubs ruled the town.  Special guests include Taime Downe ,Keith Cooper and Trina Ortegon.If it wasn't for one drunken night in a hotel room with a B movie about a jailbreak there may not have ever been a Cathouse. On episode 2 we go back to when Riki met Taime
  Each episode of Cathouse Hollywood Riki recaps 1 night at the Cathouse and he recounts the night with a participant or witness to what took place that evening. His guest could be a a musician that sold 5 million records or the girl that worked the coat check. It doesn't matter at Riki Rachtman's World Famous Cathouse we were all Rock Stars EPISODE 1 We go back to Feb. 1990 with Patrick Muzingo of the band JUNKYARD. That night the only band to ever pay to play the Cathouse performed and within a few months went from obscurity to being the biggest rock band of 1990
Riki Rachtman welcomes his partner in slime Ace Von Johnson guitarist of LA.Guns and Faster Pussycat. This weekend the two are flying to Los Angeles to chaeck out the NO Value Fest in Pomona CA. The 2 talk about practically every band on the bill. From Misfits, Bad Religion, Suicidal Tendencies, Power Trip, Social Distortion and so muuch more. Some how  so,me random stories about other bands are involved. After listening to episode 7 you will say to yourself. Damn thats a long podcast Support this show by buying something fromwww.cathousehollywood.com
Riki Rachtman former host of Headbangers Ball and owner of the Cathouse sits down with the Cults Billy Duffy. First we go back to the secret sauce that helped create the World Fampus Cathouse They discuss the album Electric and of course share a few Cathouse tales. One story leaves Riki a little speechless.With all the historic rock performances at the Cathouse you may be surprised to know the Cathouse was initially set up as a Rock Dance Club with no Live bands. Riki Rachtman takes us back to the conception of the club and pulls us on to the dance floor where anything could and usually did happen Dancing to rock and roll? Ya it was an odd concept but it worked big time    Catch Riki Rachtman LIVE JULY 22 2024- LAS VEGAS             In his one man show "One Foot In The Gutter" tickets at www.cathousehollywood.com
This was recorded in the 8th of May. The loudest day in Rock n Roll because the 8th of May is Motorhead day. Riki Rachtman shares a few personal Lemmy stories than speaks with Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee. What was Lemmy really like? Why did he make Riki's sister cry? What was he really like. Well listen to thius episode then listen to MOtorhead    Catch Riki Rachtman Live in Las Vegas July 22 2024 His one man show "One Foot In The Gutter" Details and more at www.cathousehollywood.com
The Headbangers Ball was one of the most important  and popular programs on MTV. Saturday night the best and sometimes worst in Heavy Metal videos. The biggest names in rock were on Headbangers but do you really know the history of the show. Do you know the origin of not only Headbangers Ball but the birth of the word Headbanger. All of this rtold by the host of Headbangers Ball from 1990-1995   Catch Riki Rachtman's One man show "One Foot In The Gutter" July 22nd in Las Vegas. For all ticket info go to www.cathousehollywood.com You can also get Headbangers Ball merch there and get 10% off using the code Ball 4
Gilby Clarke was there since day 1. Friends with Riki Rachtman even before the Cathouse opened. Hear the bizarre was Gilby foiund out he was in Guns n Roses and how Riki took him out of commision during the tour. Gilby has some incredible stories of the old days on the Sunset Strip and behind the scenes of the Cathouse Live festival. Ya never know what your going to get here a little Sebastian Bach, Ace. This is a good one from the guy that Riki always looked at as one of the originators and keys to Cathouse success SUPPORT THE CATHOUSE HOLLYWOOD PODCAST by getting authentic quality merch from Cathouse Hollywood USE CODE       HOLLYWOOD3 Get 10% off Cathouse hoodie or hat   Get an official Cathouse shirt at www.cathousehollywood.com
If Riki Rachtman wrote a book it would  probably be something like this. Riki brings us on a journey from highschool into the LA Punk rock scene. His first punk rock show. Hanging with Darby Crash of the Germs. Riki promotes his first night club at the STARWOOD Going head first into metal and what influenced him to open the CATHOUSE . A slice of rock n roll history This show is pre Cathouse era the next few shows will be back to the stories from the club POWERED BY CATHOUSE COFFEE  use code CAT2   and get 10% off www.cathousecoffee.com Get your official Cathouse shirt at www.cathousehollywood.com  
Before Riki Rachtman hosted Headbangers Ball on MTV He opened one of rock n roll's most notorious club CATHOUSE. It all started with an idea when Riki and his roomate Taime Downe ( Faster Pussycat) were drunk and well the rest is history and in this episode you will here how Riki & Taime met and what led top opening a haven for Raunch n roll, sleaze and debauchery GET CATHOUSE MERCH at www.cathousehollywood.com
There was no greater rivalry in Hard Rock than Guns n Roses Axl Rose vs Motley Crue's Vince Neil. These guys truly hated each other and the world knew it. Did you know it all stemmed from one night at the Cathouse. We break down what led to the epic battle that never happened .We hear from Vince and Axl. PLUS RARE AUDIO of Guns n Roses with Axl Rose on stage at Cathouse Hollywood   .Anybody that went to Cathouse will agree .The Cathouse attracted so many beautiful women wearing the the most provactive outfits. To the point that it spawned a style Called Cathouse chic. Where did  the girls from Cathouse come from?  A group of them worked at The Hollywood Tropicana we visit the Trop and we are introduced to the Queens of the Cathouse "The Broad Squad"  Mud wrestlers and influencers before there were influencers Wait aminute What do the girls from the Tropicana have to do with the Vince and Axl feud..Oh everything  Listen up and you will see how all of this intertwines together  PLUS Riki meets Henry Rollins part 1 Have you ever been to a Bands meet and greet ? Was it good tell us by leaving a message at ‪(213) 347-9958‬ Don't miss Riki Rachtman's LIVE show One Foot In The Gutter for ticket info go to www.cathousehollywood.com You need to try Cathouse Coffee. Small Batch Craft Roasted Get 10% off using code CHP www.cathousecoffee.com  
The Headbangers Ball was watched by millions across the globe. On Episode 4 former host Riki Rachtman takes us not only into the origin of the show but who first said the word HEADBANGER Who was the first host? Who first said the word Headbanger ? How did Riki Rachtman get the job What killed the Headbangers Ball Ya you have heard it before please download this episode go back and listen to the older ones too. Ya like the show subscribe,give it a good review and most important tell your friends CATHOUSECOFFE use code CHP get 10% offcathousecoffee.com For Headbangers Ball, Cathouse,OFITG swag go to cathousehollywood.com Find Riki Rachtman on tour with his one man show One Foot In The Gutter
Time to travel back to a more innocent time. OK it was not a more innocent time not even close. It was down right decadent and sleazy and most of that rock n roll decadence went down at the Cathouse Rock Club. Even though the Cathouse has been closed for decades there are still legendary stories that resyrface time to time. The Cathouse opened in 1986 by Riki Rachtman ( Headbangers Ball ) & Taime Downe ( Faster Pussycat) It was not opened as a money maker. It was a way Riki & Taime could get free drinks and meet strippers. Remember they were young and it was the 80's. How did the duo of decadence even meet. What does the term "Bald men behind bars" even mean. Riki takes you back and revists a nostalgic background of pop culture as well as rock history GUESTS: Riki Rachtman, Taime Downe, Keith Cooper, Trina Ortegon   Catch Riki Rachtman on tour with his show ONE FOOT IN THE GUTTER for ticket info go to cathousehollywood.com This show is sponsored by your new favorite coffee CATHOUSECOFFEE go to www.cathousecoffee.com use code CHP get 10% off
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STARCADE2084

I know Riki goes on about wanting to keep this podcast about the good old days of the Cathouse it was cool just catching up with Taime and Gilby in our collective time of troubles and hearing how they're handling the same crap we all are.

May 27th
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STARCADE2084

That's a great clip of Diamond Dave misremembering rock history. Definitely makes for a better story for Riki, though.

May 8th
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MorGuitarz

The only show of its kind... I've loved every episode so far... Keep em comin!

Feb 26th
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Steve Talavera

Just listened to the Gilby ep. you need to get guests closer to the mic or boost their mic a lot

Feb 12th
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Larry Ford

love this Cathouse Hollywood podcast enjoyed every episode

Sep 26th
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David Holmes

Shannon Hoon was never that into Heroin, his heart gave in with too much Cocaine use.

Apr 26th
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