Sunset Strip Music Festival – 8/26 thru 8/28 – West Hollywood, CA
This weekend marks the 3rd anniversary of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which serves to honor as well as promote the Sunset Strip, easily one of the most famous and historical sections of road in the world. Its stamp on music history is without question. The clubs on this street have been entertaining tens of thousands, if not millions, of people for decades and have served as launching pads for some of the greatest rock and pop acts of all time. Without clubs like the Whisky A Go-Go, The Viper Room, The Roxy, The Key Club, The Cat Club, and the House of Blues, we might not have Guns N’ Roses. We might not have The Doors. We might not have Motley Crue. Legends were made within these establishments and this festival serves as a yearly tribute to them and the fine businesses that surround the area and add to the Sunset Strip experience.
Also, for the third year in a row, the festival will honor one of its own, a figure who is synonymous with The Strip and its illustrious history. Previous honorees include club owners Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri, and Elmer Valentine (2008) and Ozzy Osbourne (2009). This year, the honor goes to none other than Slash. I can’t think of anyone more perfect for this distinction. Slash embodies The Strip in every way and he’s dominated the rock world with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and even now with his tremendous solo record. He’s also one of the coolest motherf*ckers alive. On Thursday, August 26th, Slash will be honored at the House of Blues by his peers and the city of West Hollywood for his contributions to The Strip and the music industry. The city has even declared August 26th, 2010 as “Slash Day.” Awesome.
Each day will be jam packed with live performances in the six Sunset Strip clubs. On Saturday, in addition to these showcases, the Strip will be closed off and two large stages erected for dozens of performances all day long. Steel Panther, Semi Precious Weapons, Common, Slash with Myles Kennedy, and Smashing Pumpkins are all slated to perform on these main stages.
Check back on All Knowing Force each day to follow along. I’ll do my best to cover everything I can, from the shows, to the people, and of course these fantastic venues.
Day 1: A review of Day 1 of the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival has been posted here. Photos and analysis of the Slash tribute, Filter at the Roxy, the T-1000, and much more!
Day 2: A review of Day 2 of the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival has been posted here. Darius talks Nico Vega, POD, the venues, and much more.
Day 3: A review of Day 3 of the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival has been posted here. Slash, Smashing Pumpkins, Volbeat and more!