Riki Rachtman's Cathouse Hollywood Podcast

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 Apr 2, 2019

 Mar 20, 2019


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

Episode Date
Ep.13 The BEST EPISODE YET spanning the Cathouse's history

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 unique perspective on not only the scene prior to Cathouse and after but as the Cathouse DJ He witnessed some of the most unbelievable events. Never before told stories about Guns n Roses, Motley Crue, Janes Addiction, Ratt, Sex Pistols and more. Riki also recounts the history of the club and how the Cathouse closing affected him personally. There is no way to tell you how much killer stuff is in episode 13. Ya just have to listen to it yourself

Jun 19, 2019
Episode 12 Billy Duffy from the Cult and Decadence on the Dancefloor

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 the club and pulls us on to the dance floor where anything could and usually did happen Dancing to rock and roll? Ya it was an odd concept but it worked big time and one more time Axl Rose led the way . 

Jun 06, 2019
Episode 11 John 5 ( Rob Zombie Marilyn Manson) & tales of raunch n roll

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 Roth John 5 was a 17 year old kid sneaking into the Adult world of the Cathouse. John 5 joins Riki for more uncensored tales from Rocks most decadent era

May 21, 2019
Episode 10 Namedropping & Dissecting the LA Scene w Josh Richman

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

Riki and Josh go back and forth sharing never before stories including the opening night of the Cathouse, The birth of Janes Addiction and well if we put it all in this description it would spoil it  Riki even drops a few names himself. Ya of course he does These are not reporters or witnesses from the outside looking in. These guys were there and in Episode 10 you are too

May 09, 2019
Episode 9 Then Axl yelled at David Bowie "I'm going to kill you tin man"

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 Brooks and on this episode we are hanging out with Joseph. What also made that night stand out was theGuns n Roses performance and what was filmed when the band didn't perform. What part do sex toys play in this tale of raunch and roll? Why did Axl accompany Riki to New York? Why give you any more teasers just listen dammit

Apr 23, 2019

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 are not journalists reporting on heresay These guys were there. Jaw dropping confessions.


  Despite being in front of an audience no punches were pulled. It's Rock history shared by those that were there.



Apr 09, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Episode 7 LIVE from the Sunset Strip

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 and excess. Guns n Roses, Motley Crue, Blind Melon, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains. Stories that have never been told by the people that were there for all of it. Presented by LAW TIGERS Motorcycle attorneys

Mar 26, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Podcast BONUS Motley Crue "The Dirt" review

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" 

Mar 23, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Podcast Episode 6

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 that once was the most popular disco in the 70's...Riki also finds DJ Joseph Brooks   This is the stepping stone to what led to the opening of CATHOUSE

Mar 15, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Podcast Episode 5 Riki's Untold tale

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 before they were even old enough to drink. What heavy metal album turned it all around? This is not like the other episodes and Riki has said that he had no plans to write a book but if he did. Episode 5 would be what it would be like. It's the story you NEVER heard told by the guy that experienced it all with an intro that he is trying to write in 3rd person

Feb 26, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Podcast Episode 4

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 Cathouse at the peak of the bands success.We recall that night in 1991 and even hear a few vintage clips from Dave Mustaine. On that subject in 1990 Riki recounts going from the guy that owned the Cathouse to the guy that hosted MTV's Headbangers Ball and the effect that had at the Cathouse.

   Riki also addresses the very public feud that was played out on MTV between himself and Dave Mustaine. Was the rivalry real?

  PLUS you will not believe what band opened up for Megadeth that night at the Cathouse. Several years after that show they changed their name and style and sold millions of records on the pop charts.

Yes it's that and much more


Feb 13, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Podcast Episode 3

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 Cathouse attracted so many beautiful women wearing the the most provactive outfits. To the point that it spawned a style Called Cathouse chic. Where did  the girls from Cathouse come from?  A group of them worked at The Hollywood Tropicana we visit the Trop and we are introduced to the Queens of the Cathouse "The Broad Squad" Wait aminute What do the girls from the Tropicana have to do with the Vince and Axl feud..Oh everything  Listen up and you will see how all of this intertwines together 

PLUS RARE AUDIO of the night Vince sand with Guns n Roses at the Cathouse



Jan 29, 2019
Cathouse Hollywood Podcast Episode 2

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 Cooper and Trina Ortegon.If it wasn't for one drunken night in a hotel room with a B movie about a jailbreak there may not have ever been a Cathouse. On episode 2 we go back to when

Riki met Taime

Jan 15, 2019
Riki Rachtman's Cathouse Hollywood Episode 1


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 only band to ever pay to play the Cathouse performed and within a few months went from obscurity to being the biggest rock band of 1990

Dec 30, 2018