Mario Maglieri, owner of Sunset Strip's Whisky A Go Go, Rainbow Room, dies

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Mario Maglieri is seen onstage at Sunset Strip Music Festival opening night tribute event in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 26, 2008.
Mario Maglieri is seen onstage at Sunset Strip Music Festival opening night tribute event in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 26, 2008.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Sunset Strip legend Mario Maglieri, the former owner of the Whisky A Go Go, the Roxy and the Rainbow Bar and Grill, has died. He was 93.

According to a post on the Rainbow's Facebook page, Maglieri died Thursday morning "while surrounded by loved ones."

Maglieri, along with Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler, bought a restaurant known as the Villa Nova in 1972 and renamed it the Rainbow.

Maglieri was already known on the strip as manager of the nearby Whisky a Go Go, which was owned by Valentine.

The list of acts who played in these famed rock venues include: The Doors, The Byrds, The Temptations, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, Motely Crue - and that's just to name a few.

A public memorial is scheduled to be held at the Rainbow on Sunday.

City News Service contributed to this report.