Sometimes Y at Rainbow 50th Anniversary
The legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday with its annual parking lot party with plenty of performances. The Rainbow (formerly Villa Nova) started with Gary Stromberg and Bob Gibson bringing in Mario Maglieri, Lou Adler and Elmer Valentine as co-owners. Before the Rainbow existed and it was still Villa Nova, that’s where Joe DiMaggio met Marilyn Monroe. The Rainbow opened on April 16, 1972 with a party for Elton John and was soon to become the hangout for all sorts of 70s music legends like Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Micky Dolenz and Keith. Moon. This group is the origin of the name Hollywood Vampires. In the 80s, when hard rock and hair metal/glam rock became the next major genre on the Sunset Strip, bands like Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, WASP, Poison and LA Guns. Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister could be seen at the end of the outdoor bar playing video poker while drinking Jack & Coke for years until his death in 2015. The outdoor bar has been renamed the Lemmy Lounge and features a bronze statue of Lemmy as well as a number of Motorhead themed photos, tables, stools and merchandise. The Rainbow has been referenced in songs by the Earl Slick Band, Guns N’ Roses, Jimmy Buffett, and Cheech and Chong. He can be seen in the Guns N’ Roses music videos for “Estranged” and “November Rain”, and was featured in the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt. The Rainbow group bears his name. In 2019, a documentary about the Rainbow was released. In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, David Lee Roth released the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar and Grill”.
The 50th anniversary party lineup included headliner Steel Panther, Orgy, Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, Crazy Town and Pretty Boy Floyd. The debut of Sometimes Y (Yelawolf and Shooter Jennings) was around 5:30 p.m. and when radio/TV host Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show) came out to announce them, he mentioned how lucky everyone was to to be inside as there was a line forming outside that went down several blocks after their performance was over. Their self-titled debut album released on March 11 has already reached 17 million streams worldwide. Jennings produced the album and it was recorded at the famous Sunset Sound. The band consists of Yelawolf on vocals, Jennings on guitar/keyboard, drummer Jamie Douglass, bassist Ted Russell Kamp and guitarist John Schreffler.
Sometimes Y will play its feature debut at the Viper Room on May 8. Yelawolf said, “When we heard The Viper Room might be closing soon, there was no way not to do a show there before they closed the door,” “We just played our first show together at the Rainbow and we wanted to pay homage to another legendary scene on the Sunset Strip. So SOMETIMES Y will be doing a FREE show on May 8th at the Viper Room in Los Angeles!!