Mikeal Maglieri, beloved and respected owner of LA’s famous Sunset Strip establishments: The Rainbow Bar and Grill, and The Whisky A Go Go, has died today, November 6, 2023. This article delves into the life of Mikeal, shedding light on the circumstances that led to his unfortunate death.
Mikeal Maglieri passed away:
It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of Mikeal Maglieri,the owner of The Whisky and The Rainbow Bar & Grill. He departed this world on the afternoon of November 4, 2023.
He and his late father were such a huge part of the history of the sunset strip. The Maglieri Family has been gracing the Sunset Strip for three generations with their historic landmark enterprises.
Alison Martino posted about this sad news on social media and the statement reads,
I am completely gutted and in shock about the sudden passing of Mikeal Maglieri. Words fail me at the moment, as I am sitting here immensely inconsolable. But I’ll try my best… Mikael and his family mean the absolute world to me – and have for decades. In my early days I always went to the Rainbow in the evenings to see his father Mario, but during later years, I would go in during the afternoon because I knew Mikael would be sitting there on the patio, and we would always have the best talks. I’m uable to process my thoughts right now or speak eloquently but I loved Mikael with all my heart. I have never known a better human being. I’m so grateful that I ran into him so recently – it wasn’t at the Rainbow, which seemed odd not to see him and his natural habitat, but it was one of the most lovely and meaningful run-ins I’ve ever had with a friend. I’m grateful as the day is long to ever have known him. As of today the Sunset Strip will never be the same. My deepest sympathies to Mike Maglieri & Amy Maglieri.
Who was Mikeal Maglieri?
Mikeal was a great champion of music. He was also kind and generous. He was a major influence in creating the vibrant music and rock ‘n’ roll culture that characterized Los Angeles for many years as the proprietor of this legendary venue.
With its storied terrace, The Rainbow developed into a sanctuary for musicians, actresses, and rock stars. It was a location where people made music history, forged friendships, and shared memories. Mikeal Maglieri was in business since he was 16 years old. He bagan with Jimi Hendrix [played].
The Whisky & Rainbow Family
The Whisky A Go Go started in 1964 and contributed to the growth of the rock culture in Los Angeles. Legendary groups spanning multiple generations performed on the Whiskey’s corner stage, including Guns N’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, The Doors, the Byrds, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin.
From the summer of 1966 onwards, The Doors actually became the house band at Whiskey, opening for every band that played there for two sets a night. They opened for a number of big names, including Johnny Rivers, Buffalo Springfield, Love, Them, The Turtles, and Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band.
Morrison allegedly took acid, missed the first set, and for the first time performed “The End” with its Oedipal tirade during the second set, which led to the Doors’ final set. The following day, they were fired.
In 1972, Mario Maglieri, along with Whisky co-founder Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, and others, founded the Rainbow Bar And Grill, which debuted with an Elton John party. Since then, it has gained notoriety for catering to famous musicians, including Harry Nilsson, Grace Slick, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, John Lennon, and most notably, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. He would frequently be found at the bar playing the video card game offered by the establishment before he passed away.
Mario Maglieri cause of death:
Mario Maglieri passed away due to heart attack. Maglieri’s death is a great loss to the Sunset Strip community and the music industry. All those who had the honor of knowing him will cherish his memory, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill will serve as a living memorial to his lasting influence.
Let’s honor the life of a guy who turned Los Angeles into a rock ‘n’ roll haven and delighted innumerable music fans worldwide while we grieve his demise. Though Maglieri is no longer with us, his music and the memories he left behind will carry on his spirit.
Condolences flooded social media after his sudden demise news broke out.
Tributes to Mario Maglieri:
Mark A Rojas commented,
Rest easy Mikeal Maglieri
Such great guy, I’ve known him since the late 80s and always a pleasure to see him
Nick Culves commented,
So shocked and sad to hear about the passing of Mikeal Maglieri. The Whisky and Rainbow have been like family for years, and my heart goes out to his family and the staff at both places.
Alex Grossi posted,
This really really sucks.
Rest In Peace Mikeal Maglieri, you will be missed – thank you for always being so cool to all of us & making us feel right at home on the strip –
Kayleigh Smith posted,
Sending lots of love to the Whisky and Rainbow crew as well as the Maglieri family today after hearing about the passing of Mikeal Maglieri. Rest easy, good sir.
Brandon Gaddy posted,
My heart is heavy we lost Mikeal Maglieri. I have been fortunate to play your clubs Whisky A Go-Go & The Rainbow Bar & Grill. I shook your hand last year and thanked you. This is devastating to me your gone. My condolences to your family, friends co workers. Until we meet again someday on the otherside.. Rest in paradise
Carlos Bates Cruz posted,
TRAGIC SAD NEWS RIP Mikeal Maglieri
The Whisky and the Rainbow is in mourning tonight! SO WE DEDICATE our performance tonight to MIKEAL
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