The fifth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) wrapped on Saturday (August 18) with standing-room-only performances on the closed-off Sunset Strip for more than 15,000 fans by headliners Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion and more than 70 artists throughout the day and into the night and early morning hours.
The festival kicked off Thursday, August 16 with an all-star tribute to 2012 SSMF honorees THE DOORS, with the group’s Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore on hand for the occasion. In the tradition of the festival, the honorees received the Elmer Valentine Award, presented by Sunset Strip alums Mikeal Maglieri of the Whisky A Go-Go and The Rainbow and Nic Adler of The Roxy. DJ Jim Ladd introduced City of West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, X’s John Doe and SSMF headliner Marilyn Manson who shared their memories and praise for THE DOORS. To close out the celebration, an all-star band with Manzarek and Krieger along with guitarist Billy Morrison, drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Paul Ill were joined by special guest vocalists Franky Perez, Mark McGrath, Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara and Linda Perry, to perform classic Doors songs.
Following the celebration event at the House of Blues, SSMF patrons were treated to the sounds of Quiet Riot (Key Club), Peter Murphy and Ours (The Roxy), Jack Russell’s Great White (Whisky) and Future Villians and Lady Sinatra (Viper Room).
THE DOORS’ members Manzarek and Krieger kept the good times going the following evening, attending the star-studded Virgin America SSMF party at the Mondrian Los Angeles hotel. Among those in attendance were SSMF headliner Marilyn Manson, Nicole Richie and husband Joel Madden, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman, Kellen Lutz, Audrina Patridge and more. Later that night, music continued all over The Strip with performances from X with special guest Ray Manzarek (The Roxy), RZA (Key Club), Hank III (House of Blues), Robby Krieger & Rich Robinson (Viper Room), James Ingram (Whisky) and Mickey Avalon (Viper Room-late). Free entertainment was also provided by Jack Daniel’s with an outdoor stage open to the public.
Saturday’s street festival had its fair share of special surprises. Beginning at 1 p.m., festival attendees were treated to sets from more than 70 bands throughout the day. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger surprised crowds throughout the festival with multiple performances. Krieger joined Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society for “Roadhouse Blues” in the late afternoon and both Manzarek and Krieger performed “Love Me Two Times,” “Five To One” and “People Are Strange” during Marilyn Manson’s set. DJ Steve Aoki also brought along surprise guests including Lil’ Jon, will.i.am, Travis Barker and Miss Palmer before crowd surfing an inflatable raft and jumping into a massive 400 pound cake on stage.
“With the support of our amazing sponsors, the City of West Hollywood, artists, music fans and volunteers, the Sunset Strip Music Festival delivered a full day of high-energy performances that celebrated the boulevard’s rich musical past, present and future,” noted SSMF CEO Todd Steadman. “Once again SSMF produced unique moments – from Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger performing The Doors songs with Marilyn Manson to Lil’ Jon and will.i.am joining Steve Aoki on stage – that have defined this signature annual event. We were happy to welcome thousands of fans to the boulevard, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”
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