What History Has to Say about Famous Zeros in Pop Culture

Rainbow Bar & Grill to Party with The Zeros, Geoff Tate, Faster Pussycat, & Lizzy Borden

Rainbow Bar & Grill to Party with The Zeros, Geoff Tate, Faster Pussycat, & Lizzy Borden

There are positive numbers. There are negative numbers. And, then, there is the Zero.

Not only is the Zero a number, but it is also, in fact, one of the most important numbers in the history of pop culture.

Shinedown is one of the most popular rock bands in the world. For their newest album they chose to embrace the power of the Zero, titling the record Planet Zero. The title track went on to number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The album itself hit number one on Billboard’s U.S. Top Alternative Albums, US Top Hard Rock Albums, and US Top Rock Albums charts.

In the NBA, the uniform number 0 is a favorite of such iconic players as Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Clippers. With stats like the ones Lillard and Westbrook put up, it’s hard to argue that the number 0 doesn’t carry value.


Even in the world of theater, the Zero is a big deal. Zero Mostel was a huge Broadway and film star. He is best known for his portrayal of Tevye in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. He also starred in the original Broadway and film versions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He then capped off his career playing Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks’ The Producers, which film critic Roger Ebert called “one of the funniest movies ever made.”

During World War II, the Japanese terrorized the sky with the power of the Zero. In this case, the Zero was the name of the fighter aircraft invented by Horikoshi Jiro that could outmaneuver any other plane in the air. The fighter was introduced into the war effort in 1940 and the Allies did not develop an answer to the Zero until 1943. At the end of the war, many Zeros were converted into kamikaze crafts.

Now an old favorite ambassador of the Zero is coming back with a vengeance to the delight of glam metal and punk fans everywhere.

On the Sunset Strip in the 1990s the glam punk/glam metal band The Zeros was all the rage playing gigs with Guns N’ Roses, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, and Blue Oyster Cult. They may not have been up in the sky, but they were eye-catching – sporting purple hair and outrageous theatrical costumes while earning fans by the tens of thousands with their catchy, humor-ladened rock.

The infectious brand of tongue-in-cheek rock n’ roll pioneered by bands like The Zeros paved the way for bands like Tenacious D, Green Jelly, and Steel Panther while keeping the rebellious vibe of bands like The Ramones and New York Dolls alive.

The Zeros had two monster albums that are still wildly popular today: 4,3,2,1…Zeros and Names (Vol. 1).  They also appear on the soundtracks for the films Tapeheads and Caged Fury. But it was their live shows that were considered legendary.


To the delight of fans everywhere, The Zeros decided to reform the lineup that started it all and tear the roof off famed Hollywood rock club The Whiskey a Go Go in a one-off show at the end of last year.

“All the guys in the band are great musicians, but there is a brotherhood as well,” says lead singer Sammy Serious. “You’ve seen it with any of your favorite bands – you get the right group of guys together and magic happens.”

Fans traveled hundreds of miles for the capacity show, demonstrating that The Zeros are still in high demand. So, the original lineup will be taking to the road for select dates around the country. They kick off their Paint It Purple series of shows this month at the Rainbow Bar & Grill – another of the high-profile clubs on the Sunset Strip.

On Sunday, April 16, the Rainbow Bar & Grill will be celebrating its 51st anniversary with the Party in the Parking Lot free, all-ages concert. The Zeros will be sharing billing for the Rainbow Bar & Grill show with metal icons Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche fame, Lizzy Borden, and Faster Pussycat. It will be hosted by former MTV personality Jesse Camp and Faster Pussycat’s Danny Nordahl.

“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing some purple pixie dust and sticky sweet glam music to the Rainbow,” says Sammy Serious. “The Zeros are a band that loves to play live. We love connecting to the audience. This show is going to be special.”

The Zeros’ classic lineup includes singer Sammy Serious, Joe Normal on guitar, Mr. Insane on the drums, and Danny Dangerous on bass. The four top level musicians will be joined for the April Rainbow show by guitarist Finn Zevo to add additional excitement to an already powerful lineup.

Rainbow Bar & Grill is a fixture on the Sunset Strip. Notable regulars at the club over the years include members of Guns N’ Roses, Poison, and Mötley Crüe. Considering the lineup of bands for the April 16show, you never know what other celebrities might show up. The rock n’ roll event kicks off at 1 PM and runs all day.

“The Rainbow is a club every true rock fan should experience,” says Sammy Serious. “If you’re a fan of The Zeros, a fan of Geoff Tate, a fan of Faster Pussycat, a fan of Lizzy Borden, or just a fan of the true rock n’ roll experience, then come hang out with us at the Rainbow on April 16. It’s going to be a great time.”

The Rainbow Bar & Grill is located at 9015 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. For information visit www.RainbowBarandGrill.com.

For the most up-to-date information on The Zeros be sure to frequent the Facebook page of frontman Sammy Serious: https://www.facebook.com/thezerossammyserious/

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