As if they didn’t have enough on their plates, two of the most dominant forces in Denver’s hard-rock scene, KBPI’s Willie B and Five Finger Death Punch front man Ivan Moody, are muscling their way into the nightlife scene as co-owners of Rock N Rods — a muscle car-meets-rock ‘n’ roll bar that combines their respective passions for hot rods, music and their love for Colorado.
With the help of long-time friend Charlie Ricks, another owner in the project, Rock N Rods is scheduled to open its doors sometime in June, and with the Metal Mulisha, HellYeah, Sevendust and Drowning Pool all in the mix for possible acts, this grand opening could rival anything Denver has ever seen.
So how did the two of busiest people in town find the energy to open a bar?
WB: You get to that paradigm in your life when it’s like, “What do I want to do next?” I’ve been talking about opening a bar for a decade now and thought, “Sooner or later I’m going to do this!” I wanted a place where my friends and my family, the BPI family, can all go.
Ivan: (Willie) sat down with me and was like, “Ya know, I’ve always wanted to open my own pub out here.” I think he was just throwing the hint out there to see how I’d react. I looked over and was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I mean, that’s what I want to do!” He’s a real hot rod kind of guy, a gearhead. Myself, I’m more of a music freak. The two of us are putting our heads together and of course inviting the BPI fans and the Death Punch fans to put their two cents into it.
Although the names being thrown into the mix for the grand opening rival some of the biggest shows of the year, the owners of Rock N Rods have no plans to turn the bar into a full-blown concert venue.
Ivan: What we really wanted to do was create a more staple club for Colorado, like a place where there used to be bike nights and car shows. Especially having two guys from Colorado who actually care about the scene — it’s just a great opportunity all around.
So, will Five Finger Death Punch be performing at the opening?
Ivan: We’re not gonna play just because we’re in the middle of the album but the guys are definitely going to fly out. I mean, they’ve got to. This is going to be the staple! At the end of this I really want to have a place I can call home and something to be proud of… I want everyone to know that it’s not me and Willie doing this for ourselves — it’s doing it for Colorado. We owe everything to this state front to back.
Stay updated on the progress of Rock N Rodz and put in your input on how the bar will be designed via Willie B’s Facebook page.
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