Rock music lovers are saying goodbye to Mario Maglieri, “King of the Sunset Strip,” who has passed away

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT - US TABS OUT) Whisky A Go-Go owner Mario Maglieri celebrates '40 Years of Rock N' Roll at Whisky A Go-Go' on February 27, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

Mario Maglieri, former owner of popular rock music spots on Sunset Strip, including The Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy Theatre and The Rainbow Bar & Grill, passed away on Thursday in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, the legend died of natural causes while in the hospital, where he’d been since breaking his hip last month. Maglieri was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing, including his wife of 72 years, Scarlett.

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Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, his establishments were the hangout spots of choice for many musicians and bands visiting from out of town. Over the decades, several legendary performances took place at the venues, including concerts by The Doors, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Motley Crue. The venues were  also a welcoming home to the likes of David Bowie, The Who, John Lennon and The Rolling Stones whenever they were passing through. Even now, the venues remain an attractive place for contemporary artists to perform.

During his lifetime, Maglieri was commonly referred to as the King or Godfather of the Sunset Strip. He was 94 years old. Those who knew and admired him have been sharing their condolences via social media.

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