RIKI RACHTMAN’S CATHOUSE LIVE FESTIVAL AT IRVINE MEADOWS, CA
AUGUST 15, 2015
Riki Rachtman put together a Cathouse reunion party that was a day of reminiscing and revelry in celebration of an era that is long gone. It was a great opportunity to turn back the clock to a time of youthful overindulgence and living, even if just for a day.
The closing act was Gilby Clarke’s (Guns N’ Roses) All-Star Jam featuring Ace Frehley (ex-Kiss), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Brent Muscat (Sin City Sinners, ex-Faster Pussycat), Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), Evan Seinfeld (Attika7, Biohazard), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), and Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators). They jammed hard to close out the day and were actually mid-song when the stage started spinning them away from the audience. The power was abruptly cut at 11:30pm due to a local ordinance/curfew. It was a fitting end for a rock n’ roll party – play hard until someone shuts you down. It’s also fitting because the festival’s era of music endured a similar fate as the decade of the 90’s arrived, along with the popularity of Grunge and Metallica. At least for one day, like Riki said to the crowd, it felt like 1986.