Category Archives: ROCKIN’ NEWS

Sunset Strip Shot o’ the Day

SUNSET PEOPLE

A slick street artist — and apparent fan of Poe, A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie (maybe) and everything Goth — has added some cool pavement art to the Sunset Strip in front of the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

Linkin Park’s Big Dodge

Linkin Park

L.A. SUPERSTARS TO APPEAR AT JUNE 29 DODGERS/METS GAME

The L.A. Dodgers have been trying to entice fans to start attending games more often again after the brutal attack on Giants fan Brian Stowe at Dodger Stadium last March. The free bobbleheads didn’t make a dent for us, but this announcement of a June 29 game against the Mets initially sounded VERY promising:

“GO TO THE DODGERS GAME WITH LINKIN PARK!”

Before you get revved for a great night of live rock and roll, however, you should know that there is good news and bad — really bad — news.

The good: Chester Bennington and his Linkin Park pals will be there to throw out the first ball.

The bad: After tossing the first pitch, the band is, um, splitting the scene! WTH?! Oh, but Dodger Stadium will be cranking LP’s music, including new stuff from Living Things, which drops June 26. The tracks will be synchronized with a post-game fireworks show. Woo-hoo! (Editor’s Note: That was a sarcastic “woo-hoo.”)

L.A. fans will have to wait until June 29 to see the band live, during the X Games at Downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theatre, and in September, when LP will rock the Southland with Incubus.

Cheri Currie’s Crusade

Cheri Currie

ART WITH HEART: A ROCKIN’ TRIBUTE TO KELLY THOMAS

The Runaways‘ legendary frontwoman Cherie Currie is also a rockin’ chainsaw artist and made this bench to auction off to benefit a foundation set up in memory of Kelly Thomas, the mentally challenged homeless man that was beaten and killed by Fullerton police last year.

Currie had been keeping fans in the loop while creating the awesome work of art, posting pictures on her Facebook throughout her creative process.

Let’s hope Cherie also carves out some time for a potential Runaways reunion!

Sad But True


METALLICA LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO FIND KILLER OF 2009 CONCERTGOER

Metallica has always been beyond cool to the band’s fans, and now James Hetfield has taken some time out to record a PSA to help police try to catch the killer of a concertgoer who disappeared after attending a Metallica show three years ago. The pitch from the band’s frontman comes amid new evidence that the suspect has attacked again in Virginia.

Hetfield’s pitch is to help find the murderer of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who disappeared October 17, 2009, while attending a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena on the UVA campus in Charlottesville, Virginia. According to the FBI report, at approximately 8:30 p.m., she stepped outside the arena for an unknown reason and was unable to re-enter the facility. She was last seen hitchhiking for a ride from passing traffic.

Harrington was dressed that night in a black Pantera T-shirt, which was found a month later in front of a row of apartments along 15th Street in Charlottesville. Her remains were later discovered on January 26, 2010, in a remote field on an Albemarle County farm along Route 29 in Virginia.

Ch-Check It Out

Beastie Boys - Atwater Village

BEASTIE BOYS IMMORTALIZED IN ATWATER VILLAGE

This (body)movin’ tribute to the Beastie Boys is a brand-spankin’ new addition to a utility box on Brand Boulevard just over the hill from Hollywood, in Atwater Village. R.I.P. Adam “MCA” Yauch.

In the Name of Love


COURTNEY LOVE STILL SUFFERING FROM NIRVANA OVER FAMOUS ATTACHMENT TO ‘THAT GUY’

“This has been my glory moment, my glory years, because forever I’m going to be attached to ‘that guy,'” laments Sunset Strip refugee Courtney Loveagain — discussing, in L.A. filmmaker and musician Hans Fjellestad‘s new doc Sunset Strip: The Movie, her hard-rocking glory days headlining the Whisky with Hole, a proud moment that she feels will always be overshadowed by her association with “that guy” — you know, the one who made her famous in the first place.

Sunset Strip: The Movie premiered earlier this week, on June 19, at Graumann’s in Hollywood.

Decline of Western Civilization Part 3

Joe Elliot
JOE ELLIOT BLAMES DEF LEPPARD WANNABES FOR THE DEMISE OF HEAVY METAL’S POPULARITY IN THE AWESOME EIGHTIES  

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot gives his theory on what led to the demise in popularity of heavy metal in the late ’80s/early ’90s in an interview with Vanity Fair.

“When Kurt Cobain came along and tried to kill off the ’80s, he wasn’t trying to kill off Def Leppard. He could have lived with Def Leppard. What he couldn’t deal with was the hundred of other sound-alikes. And that was the problem. And that’s why the ’80s imploded and started eating itself. There were bands that sounded like GN’R, bands that sounded like Bon Jovi, [and bands that sounded like us] — it was one of those three, copied maybe 20, 30 times. It was just a weaker version. And the novelty wore off pretty quick.”

Sunset Strip Shot o’ the Day

Viper Room

VIPER ROOM BECOMES A GUERILLA-ART GALLERY  

The bland black side wall of the Sunset Strip’s Viper Room just got a whole lot more interesting thanks to popular and prolific street artist Becca, whose sexy “Ride or Die” graphic, above, adorns the popular rock club near its Larrabee Street entrance. Over the past few years, Becca’s original art has been popping up more frequently around town and has become an exciting staple of L.A.’s cityscape.

Runaways Talk Reunion

Runaways

HELLO WORLD, THEY’RE YOUR WILD GIRLS…AND NOW, THE RUNAWAYS MAY BE COMING BACK TO ROCK YOU AGAIN

Rock fans have already witnessed once-feuding members of iconic superstar bands like Fleetwood Mac and L.A.’s Van Halen and the Eagles bury the hatchet and regroup for sold-out reunion tours.

And now comes word that another great L.A. group once torn apart by personal turmoil within the band is hinting at a reconciliation.

Lita FordHeavy metal vixen Lita Ford (right) mentions in a new Los Angeles Times interview that she has been in recent contact with her former Runaways bandmates Joan Jett and Cheri Currie and is jonsing for a rockin’ reunion with the iconic all-girl band that smashed sexiest stereotypes in music in the ’70s to become a successful hit-making machine that rivaled the best work of their macho rock and roll contemporaries.

“It had been decades,” says Ford in the interview about meeting up with Jett late last year. “It was weird. When I saw her, it was like seeing Joan. Same old. She looked great. We always got along.”

Ford is cited as the main holdout that previously squashed any plans for a Runaways reunion that occasionally surfaced in years past. Now it seems that the fate of a reunion rests in Jett’s hands.

“Now’s a perfect time,” Lita tells the Times. “I’m all for it. I just need Joan’s OK.”

Sandy_WestAlthough a Runaways reunion would be stellar, it, unfortunately, won’t be truly complete. Founding member and the band’s kick-ass drummer Sandy West (right) died of lung cancer in 2006. And no mention has been made as to who would be taking on bass duties in a reformed Runaways, original bassist Jackie Fox or her replacement Vicki Tischler-Blue. The band’s last bass player Laurie McAlister passed away in 2011 due to complications from asthma.

Ford, Jett and Currie, however, are now the holy trinity of the Runaways and their prospective reunion has the potential to make this the biggest and best comeback since David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen shook hands again last year and traded in trash talk for an arena tour.

Pretty in Pink

Pink Floyd Van

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 4

Gotta give props to the clever prog-rock fan that jazzed up this jalopy by transforming it into a mobile salute to Pink Floyd and the legendary Brit band’s iconic 11th album. We spotted the cool cruiser in West Hollywood.

Marilyn Manson Bringing ‘Dope Show’ to SSMF


MARILYN MANSON, OFFSPRING TO HEADLINE SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FEST!

If you’ve attended the past Sunset Strip Music Festivals you know how awesome it was seeing Motley Crue, Ozzy, Slash and Smashing Pumpkins rock the Sunset Strip. But now comes news of something even more stellar: Marilyn Manson has been announced as this year’s headliner! Plus, Orange Country rockers The Offspring are also on the bill, along with a tribute to iconic L.A. band The Doors!

Bad ReligionAnd just when you think the lineup couldn’t get any better…badass L.A. rockers Bad Religion (right) are also scheduled to bring the band’s timeless classics to the Strip! This is quickly shaping up to be SSMF’s most incredible lineup yet.

See all you headbangers at the fest! Stay tuned to SunsetandClark.com for more details as they unfold!

Twisted Sidewalk

Twisted SisterDEE SNIDER LEAVES HIS MARK ON DOHENY. SORTA

We spotted the graphic above spray painted on the pavement on Doheny. Maybe it was because we recently checked out the Grammy Museum‘s heavy metal exhibit and had Twisted Sister on the brain, but the image made us think of the band’s logo.

Coincidence? Perhaps. After all, stranger things have happened…like Dee Snider popping up in a carpet cleaning commercial reviving his “twisted” side!

Sunset Strip Shot o’ the Day

Yoda on Sunset

INTERGALACTIC GROOVES

Here’s famous green dude Yoda sporting some cool Isaac Hayes-like shades and Dr. Dre Beats headphones while hanging out on the Sunset Strip. We spotted the slick street art on the pavement on Music Row, near the Guitar Center and Sam Ash.

Sun Sets on Tower Video

Tower Video - 2012

SUNSET STRIP LANDMARK & EARLY GN’R HAUNT BECOMES RUBBLE

Axl Rose - SlashIconic Sunset Strip landmark Tower Video, the timeless neon-lit hub of hipster activity that was the main spot to head to for concert tickets and music videos, has become a pile of rocks. Earlier this month crews began to deconstruct the famous spot that once employed a pre-rock star Axl Rose as its night manager and Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash as a counter clerk.

In the fall of 2006, as Internet music piracy and iTunes began to claim their stake on the Net, Towers’ chain of music and video stores filed for bankruptcy after 46 years as the go-to place for discovering exciting new bands and picking up tickets to L.A.’s hottest shows.

Tower Sunset Video Parking LotTower Video was located at 8844 Sunset at Larrabee, across the street from the defunct Tower Records. The split-level video store also served as a concert ticket venue, classical music annex and sold rock novelties. The store’s small back parking lot, where the photo on the left, of Tower Video rubble, was snapped, is the infamous location where Rose once challenged Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil to a fight over some trash talk. The incident sparked the singers’ well-publicized, longstanding feud.

R.I.P. Tower Video.

Check out what remains of the landmark location as it becomes rock and roll rubble.

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Kings for a Day

GO KINGS! STANLEY CUP FEVER ROCKS L.A. LIVE

Downtown Los Angeles gets into the spirit of the Stanley Cup playoffs with this rockin’ sand sculpture in the courtyard of L.A. Live, across from Staples center, where the L.A. Kings take on the New Jersey Devils tonight, June 11.

Get pumped for another potential Kings victory by cranking up L.A. band The Briggs‘ punk-rockin’ tribute to the city’s hometown hockey heroes with “This is L.A.”