Riki Rachtman's Cathouse Hollywood Podcast

Riki Rachtman's Cathouse Hollywood Podcast

Prior to becoming the host of MTV's Headbangers Ball TV/Radio host Riki Rachtman created the Cathouse. From 1986-1992 The Cathouse became the most notorious Rock club in Hollywood. Some of the biggest bands in rock and roll not only made Cathouse there home but they would play unannounced shows. Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam,Megadeth The list is impressive but it was the raunch ,roll, sleaze and debauchery that happened at the Cathouse that made this club LEGEND. With a no camera policy most of the Tales from the Cathouse were never told. UNTIL NOW Each episode Riki recounts one night at the Cathouse with a special guest that was a witness ton what went down that night. It could be a band that sold millions of records or the girl that worked the coat check. It didn't matter at the Cathouse we were all rock stars... Show More

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Joseph Brooks owned a record store in Hollywood called Vinyl Fetish. One day he let an unknown band decorate the window to promote there debut album. It was Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. He would let Izzy Stradlin sell his wrist bands in the store before Guns n Roses made a record and when they had recorded the first song Joseph was the first person to play them on the radio. Joseph was there for the entire Cathouse run and has a uniqu... Read more

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Riki Rachtman former host of Headbangers Ball and owner of the Cathouse sits down with the Cults Billy Duffy. The 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 t... Read more

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Riki Rachtman once again brings us back to Hollywood to 1988. Outside of the Cathouse we takes us to the Comedy Store and the place where everybody got inked before it was acceptable Sunset Strip Tattoo. What role did this legendary shop play in the Cathouse Tale. John 5 is one of the top guitarists in rock today. He currently is a successful solo artist and plays with Rob Zombie. Prior to playing with Marilyn Manson or David Lee R... Read more

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Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr went to the Cathouse ? Ugh ya Actor Josh Richman brought them Josh was also a big part of the LA Rock scene while hanging out with Hollywoods elite. He adds a unique perspective on the whole rise and decline of the 80's-90's  rock clique of Los Angeles and the rise of the scene in Seattle. Watch the Guns n Roses video Don't Cry and in the opening scene the title "written by Josh Richman" appears Rik... Read more

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1989 Was a great year for rock and roll and Oct 10,1989 stands out as  not only one of the best LIVE performances from Guns n Roses but the unbelievable circumstances that led Axl Rose to chase David Bowie down the street in front of the club. You may have heard bits of this story but you never heard what David Bowie was really like that evening. He caused a bit of a commotion while finding sanctuary in the DJ booth of Joseph Brook... Read more

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Riki Rachtman brought his podcast to the Sunset Strip and recorded the show LIVE in front of an audience at the Grafton Hotel on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Joining Riki is Taime Downe singer of the band Faster Pussycat, Riki's former roommate and co-creator of the Cathouse and Fred Coury the former drummer of Cinderella and long time friend of both Riki & Taime . The three of them share stories that have NEVER been told. These ... Read more

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Episode 7 Riki Rachtman former host of Headbangers Ball and owner of the Cathouse nightclub brings the successful podcast to the Grafton Hotel on the Sunset Strip for a LIVE show. Riki shares the history of the Sunset Strip and brings on Keith Cooper and Joey Meade both were big parts of the Cathouse and Hollywood rock scene They witnessed some of the most notorious events from that era. Never before told tales of rock decadence an... Read more

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Riki Rachtman former host of MTV's Headbangers Ball and Gilby Clarke get together to share a few stories about Motley Crue and review the NETFLIX Biopic "The Dirt" 

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March 15, 2019 29 min

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 th... Read more

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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 b... Read more

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February 12, 2019 23 min

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 C... Read more

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January 29, 2019 27 min

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 Ca... Read more

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January 15, 2019 18 min

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 Coop... Read more

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  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... Read more

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