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
The Birth of the Headbangers Ball Riki Rachtman
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
Ep 22 Exodus-Zetro guest / Hollywood Sleaze vs Bay area Thrash
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
Ep.21 Gilby- Guns n Roses Taime- Faster Pussycat QUARANTINE CHAT
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
Ep.20 Axl Rose Sebastian Bach , little pieces of paper& David Lee Roth gets it wrong
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
Gilby Clarke of Guns n Roses
Gilby Clarke was just another one of the regulars at the Cathouse Hollywood nightclub. He shares a few tales with Riki Rachtman about the good ol days and the surprising turn of events that led him to getting the gig as the guitarist fro Guns n Roses. Every stone is turned over including the time Riki had a hand in a move that almost destroyed Gilby's musical career. The usual raunch and roll sleaze and debauchery told by two guys that were there
Motley Crue is BACK. Is this a good thing? RIKI vs the CRUE
Motley Crue signed a contract 4 years ago . A legal contract stating they would never tour again. NEVER EVER....This summer The Crue will be back playing LIVE. Some are glad, some feel they have been had. Former MTV Headbangers Ball Host, Cathouse owner and FORMER Motley Crue friend Riki Rachtman gives his very uncensored comments about his history with Motley Crue and the details on the upcoming tour. THIS IS NOT AN EPISODE of the Cathouse Hollywood Podcast it's an unscripted rant by Riki.