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Riki Rachtman: No Chance of Headbangers Ball Being Resurrected

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The Metal Voice ( was at this years Cathouse Live Festival celebrating 80's Hair Metal. Neil Turbin (Deathriders Ex Anthrax) reporting, caught up with the former host of the Headbangers ball and organizer of the festival Riki Rachtman. Turbin also spoke to 1980’s hair metal bands Autograph, Enuff Z Nuff and drum wiz Bobby Jarzombek from the Sebastian Bach band (Halford, and Fates Warning).

The Cathouse was a famous Rock club in Hollywood in the 1980’s managed and owned by Riki Rachtman where many famous bands like Guns and Roses, Motley Crue etc..broke ground. It was the cool place to be, now turned into a festival.

On why Riki Rachtman decided to put on the Cathouse Festival “When I set this thing up I just wanted everyone to have fun and everyone is having fun.”

On plans to branch out and do more Cathouse festivals “Everybody is asking me. LiveNation is already saying they want to do one next year, Next year is the 30 year anniversary of the Cathouse so I am not really sure what I got planned but I’m gonna do something fun.”

Asked if Riki Rachtman has ever tried to bring back Headbangers Ball “It’s not gonna happen. I tried, I told them I would do it for free, they never even returned my calls.”

On Autograph’s new album and tour “We have been touring for a year and a half. We have recorded two new songs and just recorded two more.  We did a live recordings for ‘Turn up the Radio’. We are going to have an E.P. with the four new songs and ‘Turn up the radio’.” Steve Lynch

Asking Chip Z Nuff on his Cathouse memories “
I remember Guns and Roses sets, Jet boy I might have played there a couple of times. No Big stories just a great rock club that bands would frequent, eventually a few of them made it.”

Asking Bobby Zarombek on the status of the new Sebastian Bach album and Fates Warning new records “Sebastian is now starting to work on another record and the label wants him to put something out pretty quick. He’s excited about it. He just mentioned it today. Like come in with your ideas, giving us the go ahead to come up with some cool shit. I have a couple of personal ideas that might work for him and I know everybody in the band does”
‘We are working on a new record (Fates Warning), it’s going to be in 2016 and it’s going to be really cool. All the material is written.”

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Hard Rock Trivia Show - CATHOUSE LIVE

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Hard Rocking Trivia Show
Episode:  #61  (Cathouse Live review)


In this episode, we play rock trivia with "Cathouse Live" Rapid Fire and review the Cathouse Live Festival that took place on August 15th in Irvine, California that featured Ace Frehley, Extreme, Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Enuff Z Nuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, Saigon Kick, Bullet Boys etc...
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