Rainbow Bar & Grill

Music Rock Out Motörhead (clip - 2008)
Not particularly inclined to clips, Motörhead nevertheless took a trip to the Strip to illustrate their sound uppercut Rock Out, or how to summarize in a little more than two minutes the rock and roll philosophy of the boss Lemmy Kilmister. The opportunity for the latter to shoot in its headquarters, the Rainbow Bar & Grill.
Rainbow Bar & Grill Hollywood
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“Integrity is everything to me. I will not die ashamed. I will live on my deathbed knowing that I gave it my best shot, and everything else is meaningless to me.”

Lemmy Kilmister, singer and bassist of Motörhead

“Hear the music coming, loud as you can stand”, The first verses of Rock Out,
one of the strongest singles of the Motörhead bomber addresses the fans. Fans are honored in a video conducted with the foot to the floor.

Directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, the two responsible for the documentary Lemmy – The movie, the clip in question consists of an assembly of live images and vignettes of fans young and old. As for Lemmy Kilmister, he appears at the counter of the Rainbow Bar & Grill, in his favorite place, playing an electronic game, as he liked to do when he was not on tour. A place the institution has hallowed since his death on December 28, 2015.

Today, the Rainbow Bar & Grill offers fans the opportunity to enjoy Lemmy’s Lounge, a place almost exclusively dedicated to the musician, with furniture in Motörhead colors and a plaque affixed to the spot where the rock and roll kingpin always sat. Just behind this famous site is also a life-size statue of the Motörhead leader, in front of which fans march tirelessly. The tribute of a mythical bar to a rock legend.

Crafted by artist Travis Moore, funded by a participatory campaign, the statue was placed in an alcove so that fans could pose with it. With a height of 1.82 m, it symbolizes the attachment of Lemmy Kilmister to this bar but also to the city of Los Angeles where he lived for several years, a few meters from the Rainbow.


If eleven musicians succeeded one another in Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister is the only permanent member and the band dies with him.

Rainbow Bar & Grill in Motörhead Rock Out video
Rainbow Bar & Grill in Motörhead Rock Out video
Rainbow Bar & Grill in Motörhead Rock Out video
Rainbow Bar & Grill in Motörhead Rock Out video

Rainbow Bar & Grill

Opened on April 16, 1972 in the presence of Elton John, the Rainbow Bar & Grill quickly became a must-see spot on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

Located on the former site of the Villa Nova restaurant, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio met, the Rainbow is home to the best of the Laurel Canyon rock scene. It is here that Alice Cooper, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, John Lennon or Neil Diamond founded the Hollywood Vampires, a very closed club focused on excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks. A mythical bar-restaurant, headquarters of Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, visited over the years by Poison, WASP, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or the Guns N’ Roses. The latter also filmed the video clip of the song Estranged there.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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