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SSMF 2010 Day 1 Recap with Filter Concert Review at The Roxy 8/26

27 August 2010 22 Comments

By: Darius

Thursday, August 26th was officially “Slash Day” in West Hollywood and this couldn’t have been more evident than at this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival kickoff event at the House of Blues, which honored the legendary guitarist with a red-carpet extravaganza, hosted by one of the premier DJ’s in the country, Jim Ladd of 95.5 KLOS. It was crazy walking up to the House of Blues, seeing the red carpet and all the cameras and microphones everywhere. It was a weird cross between rock n’ roll and a Hollywood film premier.

The first person I saw on the red carpet was the legendary Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Than Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains rolled in the parking lot in an Escalade. Once Slash appeared, it felt like a ridiculous earthquake had just erupted. All these camera crews and fans outside were losing their minds. The toast of the town has arrived!


Lemmy Kilmister on the Red Carpet

The Man of the Hour: Slash

The Man of the Hour: Slash

Once inside the House of Blues, it was a pretty sweet time, I’m not going to lie. Open bar, appetizers, sliders, that kind of thing. It was time to get things started, so I cruise up to the bar to order my standard bourbon and ginger ale. Now anybody that knows me knows I’m a Maker’s guy. Always have been. Well, that wasn’t happening because the bartender told me flatly, “No, we’re doin’ Jack.” Then it clicked: today is Slash Day, and Jack Daniel’s is Slash’s drink of choice, so therefore for today only, it is my drink of choice as well. Perfect!

While Slash sat in the balcony with family and friends, a tribute video was played on a large projection screen in front of the stage. Afterwards, Jim Ladd would come on stage and introduce each guest speaker, who was handpicked to honor Slash at this special event. The speakers were, in sequential order: Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Lemmy from Motorhead, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, and Michael Maglieri, whose family has owned the renowned Whiskey A Go Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill for more than 50 years. It was actually pretty amazing to watch these guys, considering they are legends in their own right, honoring one of their own.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue Honoring Slash

Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains Honoring Slash

John Heilman, the mayor of West Hollywood, took the stage next with a plaque commemorating August 26th, 2010 as “Slash Day” and then asked Slash himself, to come onstage to accept this honor. It was quite the tribute and Slash was endearingly grateful. He didn’t cop any kind of “too cool” attitude at all, and instead, was genuinely humbled by the honor. Slash thanked everyone and said the award meant a great deal to him. Check out this video of Slash accepting the award:

Overall, the House of Blues tribute event to Slash was fantastic and the absolute perfect way to kick off the weekend. Afterwards, I only had The Roxy on my schedule, so I started walking down the Strip to go see one of my favorite bands in the world. Who might that be, you ask? Well, with their recent release of the critically acclaimed masterpiece, The Trouble With Angels, and currently the holder of All Knowing Force’s extraordinarily prestigious “Greatest Rock Record of 2010… and Probably Next Year Too” award, is of course the one, the only, FILTER!

Aaaannnndddd the show was pushed back an hour. Sweet. So I have some time to kill so I walked down to The Viper Room. I love this venue. Really small, capacity of 250, and normally features smaller regional acts with the occasional big name ticket. It just has a really cool Hollywood rock n’ roll vibe. The Viper Room is notorious as the venue where actor River Phoenix died of a drug OD in 1993 and was partly owned by Johnny Depp for a number of years. Anyway, I walked into the place and was pleasantly surprised to watch a set by The Shakers. I watched them play for no more than 15 minutes, and I was immediately impressed and bought their CD. The singer is a chick named Jodie Schell and she’s got some pipes. Holy cow, what a voice! Lead guitarist Chris Lee can flat-out play as well. He reminded me of Tom Morello, with the way he plays and moves about the stage. For a band playing to a small crowd of 50-75 people and that hasn’t been around too long, they were raging it up there. Overall, they’re a little green but still, pretty darn good. Check them out on their MySpace.

The rock band The Shakers

The Shakers

So onto the evening’s main event: Filter at the Roxy. Quickly, a few words on the Roxy: I love this venue. It is one of the very best in the city. It is what every rock club should be, in my opinion. It’s small (500 capacity) so you can see the stage well, the sound is always on point, the décor hasn’t been ruined over the years with stupid advertisements or corporate sponsorships, and the bouncers and bartenders are top-notch and as nice as can be. What an idea! Friendly bouncers and bartenders! PLUS, the Roxy sits adjacent to the Rainbow Bar & Grill, my favorite eating/drinking establishment in Los Angeles. If you don’t know this place, please cue up the GNR “November Rain” video for a visual. If you go there on any given night of the week, you probably have a 75% chance of seeing Lemmy drinking at the bar; he’s there all the time. It’s a rock n’ roll institution and a wonderful place to get a beer and a burger before a show at the Roxy.

Richard Patrick

Now, back to Filter. The last time I saw this band was at Mercury Lounge in New York, for the Anthems For The Damned record release party. That show was one of the most memorable I’ve ever seen. I loved the guys Richard Patrick had playing with him back then… but these guys are better. WAY better. Drummer Mika Fineo is still back there killing it on the drums, but new additions Rob Patterson (guitar) and Phil Buckman (bass) are the secret ingredient for Filter now. In our exclusive with Richard Patrick, he mentioned he recruited Patterson for his voice along with his playing ability. This was very evident last night as the overall harmonies and gang vocals for this show were outstanding. Richard Patrick is on fire right now. The band is incredible. I can’t say enough good things about Filter.

My absolute favorite part of the show occurred mid-set, when I looked over into the crowd and noticed a pretty recognizable, and pretty intimidating looking dude in the middle of the pit, dead center, pushing people around. That man ladies and gents, was Robert Patrick, aka the T-1000. Robert is Richard’s brother, and there he was, in the middle of the mosh pit. LOVING it. I can’t get over this! I saw the T-1000 in a mosh pit. We’re talking about the T-1000! From Terminator 2! One of the greatest action movies ever! I even heard him yell “BRING THE HARD STUFF!” in between songs. It’s moments like this that make me happy to have lived, folks.

Robert Patrick Filter

Robert Patrick (who played the T-1000) in the Filter pit

After the show, the band was swamped at the merch table so I went outside to catch some fresh air. I just needed to wait out the line so I could go and thank Richard personally for doing our show a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I hit the pavement, I see the T-1000 standing on the sidewalk taking pictures with some pretty excited dudes. One particularly funny quote came from an ecstatic fan who told him, “I f*cking love you man! You should’ve kicked Arnold’s ass!” The T-1000 mentioned that it was a fun role for him. He obviously appreciated the adulation.

Standing not too far away from the action, was one atrociously dressed blond who was clearly wondering who the guy was getting all the attention in front of the Roxy. She was staring at him! For a split second, I thought about walking back inside to check on the merch line. Boy, am I glad I didn’t follow through with that plan because than I would’ve missed out on this classic exchange:

Blonde Bimbo (failing miserably to act seductive): “So, who are you?”

T-1000: “My name… is Robert Patrick”

Blonde Bimbo: “Well my Dad is the lead guitar player for Steve Miller Band.”

T-1000: “I love Steve Miller Band!”

I started dying laughing. This was too much. As I made my way back into the club I noticed the T-1000 had immediately moved onto more important things. Thankfully, all is still right with the world. I finally did talk to the guys in Filter and they were genuinely appreciative of all the great responses they’ve received from The Trouble With Angels and their live shows. Richard Patrick thanked me for the support and then told me that he loves All Knowing Force. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Now on that awesome note, it was time to put an end to the evening, an end to a tremendous Slash Day, and head home to bed. Tomorrow is another day at the Sunset Strip Music Festival.

***Filter: West Hollywood, CA 8/26/2010***
The Take
The Inevitable Relapse
(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do
Captain Bligh
American Cliché
I’m Not The Only One
So I Quit
Welcome To The Fold


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  • zebo said:

    I would give up everything I own to pit with the T1000!

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  • Carla said:

    “Well my Dad is the lead guitar player for Steve Miller Band.”


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  • yiggernes said:

    I would go bat shit if I saw the fucking T-1000 in a pit! Dude!

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Slash doesn’t seem like he’s the holier than thou type of guy. He deserves to be honored.

    Rocking out with the T-1000? PRICELESS.

    This actually makes me want to go to LA.

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  • COCOA-BUTTER said:

    Hey mates, it’s Mac from Australia.

    The Roxy was my fav place when visiting LA. No corporate shit. Just a balls out rock club. This in my opinion is the best rock club I’ve been to and shit kicks everything out of the ones in Perth.

    I wish I was there. Lemmy looks good!


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  • shake-n-bake said:

    @zebo: Who is this t1000 person and why is it such a big deal??

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  • godblessya said:

    @shake-n-bake: Way to show your age. I didn’t know AKF reached the teenage demographic!

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  • 99 said:

    I can confirm the T-1000 was in the pit.

    I noticed prior to Richard pointing it out. Robert has had other roles but the T-1000 was one of the most bad ass roles of my childhood. He was fucking people up. It was surreal.

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  • godblessya said:

    @shake-n-bake: If you are over the age of 25 and are asking that question, kill yourself.

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  • darius said:

    as long as i live, i will NEVER forget throwing down in a mosh pit with the T-1000. you see so many celebrities in this town that you hardly even think about it, but I had to get a picture with him. he was real cool about it too. terminator 2 was my favorite movie growing up and to see that the T-1000 is still a badass after all of these years was just amazing.

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  • acct said:

    @godblessya: Please be under 25. The T-1000 scared the shit out of me as a kid man. I remember when Arnold hit him with the car and he pieced himself back together.

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  • only for the weak said:

    Who the fuck is this?

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  • ddrruuggbbooyy said:

    Ban the asshole who is disrespecting the greatest movie villain from our childhoods. The motherfucker looks badass. Older but badass. Rocking the cutoff, in the pit. Fuck yeah. T1000 for LIFE!

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  • 1942 said:

    In order to understand the POWER of Darius’ experience, you have to be in our age bracket (25-49). An 18 year old wouldn’t get it.

    I’m trying to imagine myself running into him anywhere – grocery store, etc. But the pit? Dude!

    Robert Patrick is a great actor. Very few can do the roles he does as good.

    That brother of his is pretty talented too.

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  • 5150 said:

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  • 5150 said:

    Why can’t I embed video?


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  • 5150 said:

    To the ignorant and uninformed, that link will take you to The Man.

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  • budbundy said:

    If you’re a parent and gave birth to Richard and Robert Patrick, you are two lucky fucks!


    The T-1000 brings back so many memories.

    Who name drops Steve Miller in 2010?

    T-1000 FOR LIFE!

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  • TLewis said:

    uhhh for one i am the supposed “blonde bimbo from that night, and i was having a good time… no need for negativity….. and carla whoever you are your funny because that is my father… your psychotic…. wow. What people write for hits and or sales on the internet is pathetic. But i appreciate the press… haha no business like show business. thanks guys.

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  • Carla said:

    I’m going to temporarily step to the side before addressing this issue.

    I in no way was poking fun at YOU. The dialog itself was funny. It didn’t have ANYTHING to do with you. Take your hosility up with Darius. He called you what he called you and now it appears to be with good reason.

    You should look “psychotic” up in the dictionary.

    My guess is this is just another online person pretending to be someone they’re not.

    Prove you’re the same person and I’ll offer you an apology.

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  • XXxxxXX said:

    The last person that would pick a fight or be psychotic is Carla.

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