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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.”

Linkin Park’s Game Plan

L.A. ROCKERS TO HELP LAUNCH X GAMES MUSIC AT NOKIA JUNE 29

Just when you think the X Games can’t get much more awesome, it does with the announcement that Linkin Park will rock Downtown L.A,’s Nokia Theatre on June 29 as part of X Games Los Angeles.

Performing an intimate show as part of a promo initiative the hype the X Games newest venture, X Games MUSIC, Linkin Park are sure to rock songs from its hotly anticipated new album Living Things, due June 26.

But there is some good news and bad news: The bad: It’s a private show, so no matter how good your shady connections are, you can’t buy tickets.

The good news: You can try scoring free tickets to the gig via giveways on the X Games Facebook page and the extreme sports organization’s Twitter.

If you caught the band’s Nokia show last September, you know the roof of that joint should be prepared to be blown off its hinges again.


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Big Screen Blast


LINKIN PARK BRINGS LIVE FROM BERLIN TO CINEMAS JUNE 25

Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Linkin Park will be — virtually — rocking nearly 500 select movie theaters across the country on June 25 at 7:30 P.M. with Linkin Park Live From Berlin. Captured June 5 at the band’s concert at Admiralspalast in Germany, the one-night-only cinema event invites fans to meet up and rock out to LP.

Chester Bennington and the band will perform their roster of rockin’ classics as well as new songs from LP’s new album Living Things, which drops June 26. Linkin Park has recorded a special welcome message that will screen before the start of the concert film, which includes an exclusive look at the Agoura Hills band’s new tour.

See the L.A. dates below. Click here for the full list.

LOS ANGELES: LINKIN PARK LIVE FROM BERLIN

AMC Century City 15 – AEG L.A. Live (Downtown) – Rave Motion Pictures 18 Culver City – Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 – Century 8 North Hollywood – AMC Burbank 16 – AMC Citywalk Stadium 19

Livin’ It Up

L.A.’S WARNER DRIVE IS ON CRUISE CONTROL TO ROCK STARDOM

Sunset and Clark is stoked to see that one of our favorite local bands, Warner Drive, is starting to get the rockin’ recognition they deserve.

The Hollywood band has rocked the Sunset Strip from one end to the other, supporting its debut, Fully Loaded, and 2011’s K-Go with headlining gigs at every hot spot from Viper Room to Key Club, along with last year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival. And frontman Jonny Law (right) and the group have tirelessly toured the country with popular artists like CKY, Hinder and Jet.

Law and bandmates Elvis James on bass, smokin’-hot shredder Candice Levinson, guitarist Ryan Harris and drummer Jonny U and their DIY drive have amassed a loyal L.A. fanbase with awesome Warner Drive originals like “Stand Up,” “All By Myself,” “Livin’ it Up,” and “Radio Love Song.”

The band’s SRO shows have become rockin’ sing-alongs, and as their fanbase continues to grow, their concerts are becoming loud audience participation events. The energy and sonic assault of WD’s club shows, including its recent stop at the Roxy earlier this month, are destined to soon push the band from the Strip into the global spotlight.

Warner Drive is giving locals another shot at catching their live show with a headlining gig at the Sunset Strip’s Viper Room on July 13, with the equally rockin’, Soundgarden-like Lady Sinatra opening the show. (We hope WD invite the stripper from their June 1 Roxy gig back to the stage!) The Viper Room show is among the final local concerts before WD embarks on its first European tour in August.

Check out WD’s rockin’ salute to the Sunset strip in the “Scarecrow” video.

Classic Metal

L.A.’S ROCKIN’ LANDMARKS: TROPICANA

Bulldozers have been coming uncomfortably close to the huge white skeletal remains of the historic Hollywood rock club Tropicana in the past few weeks. The defunct legendary ’80s club infamously hosted female mud wrestling, championed the local metal scene before the Rolling Stone cover stories and is justifiably immortalized in Motley Crue‘s classic track “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The Tropicana is where Vince Neil said he “lost my heart” The band even posed at the club with some of the wrestlers for the 1987 album’s inside sleeve (below).

Fortunately, the current crop of bulldozers rumbling next to the club’s former location on Western near Fountain are flattening the adjacent empty lot. The old Tropicana haunt looks safe for now, but there’s no word on what’s in store for the future of the empty former heavy metal hot spot.

Putting on the LP

LINKIN PARK & INCUBUS TO HEAT UP SUMMER WITH CO-HEADLINING TOUR

Two great L.A. bands are teaming up for what’s sure to be summer’s hottest tour. Agoura Hills rockers Linkin Park and Calabassas hit-makers Incubus are heading out on the road together, with New Orleans’ rockers Mutemath opening the shows. The U.S. leg of the tour with Incubus kicks off August 14 in Mansfield, MA (LP plays earlier U.S. dates but without Incubus).

Strangely enough, the bands have not yet announced a home show in L.A. at Staples, Gibson or the Forum. The closest stop is Carson’s Home Depot Center on September 9. They also play Chula Vista’s Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on September 10.

The LP/Incubus tour comes to the Bay Area on September 7 to rock the Shoreline Amphitheatre. With tickets between $30 and $125 for the tiny venue in Mountain View, located  just outside of San Francisco, there’s no reason not to hit up this awesome double-headliner bill.

Incubus will be cranking classics and new tunes from its latest release If Not Now, When? and Linkin Park will be hyping its hotly anticipated new album Living Things, which includes the killer first single “Burn it Down” and drops June 26.

Get deets and tix to the Sept. 7  Shoreline show here.

Beatles Banditos

ART ATTACK

We spotted this rockin’ tribute to masked musical marauders Paul, Ringo, John and George on La Brea near Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. We think the Brit icons would approve.

Walkway to Heaven

WEHO SHOWS ZEPPELIN A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE. AND A TYPO.

Mom always says to keep your head up, but sometimes it pays to glance down now and again. Case in point: We spotted this random and rockin’ sidewalk etching tribute to Led Zeppelin on Hancock Ave., just south of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

Sure, it’s misspelled, but, you know, it’s only rock and roll — and we like it!

Jett Set Summer

JOAN JETT & METALACHI TO SHAKE UP SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

The San Diego County Fair gives locals two good reasons to endure a month of artery-clogging comfort food and drunk, sweaty crowds hurling chunks over the sides of carnival rides at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The first: Rock goddess Joan Jett and her Black Hearts are headlining the main stage on June 19. It’s impossible to ever tire of hearing the badass ex-Runaways rocker crank out timeless classics like “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Little Liar,” “I Love Rock n’ Roll,” and “Do You Wanna Touch Me?”

Second: Hollywood band Metalachi (below) is set to rock the Fair on June 30 with its awesome and hilarious metal-mariachi covers of classics by Ozzy, Metallica, Zeppelin and other iconic monsters of rock.

Plus: The annual event is also hosting a good number of cool cover bands, including Led Zepagain, Thunder Road‘s salute to Bruce Springsteen, The Ultimate Stones‘ take on the honkey tonk blues of Mick Jagger and the boys and Wild Child‘s tribute to legendary L.A. band The Doors. And a Pink Floyd laser show is sure to give stoned attendees a bigger thrill than the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Check out the concert lineup and get set to rock!

Metalachi’s Gonna Rock You Like A Mexican Hurricane

CLASSIC METAL WITH A SLICE OF LIME 

Countless bands have rocked the Sunset Strip with cool covers of hard rock classics by metal icons like Metallica, Zeppelin and Ozzy. But no one has ever reinvented metal classics as badass and brilliantly hilarious as L.A. band Metalachi, the world’s first mariachi-metal cover band.

The KISS-inspired makeup and codpieces add a rockin’ edge to the souped up traditional mariachi outfits, but it’s the band’s mariachi-metal renditions of tunes like “Enter Sandman” and “Crazy Train” that steal the spotlight. And Metalachi’s velvet-smooth showmanship and loco sense of humor — they also cover Cheech & Chong tunes — make their shows more fun than downing a bottle of tequila and watching Spinal Tap again for the hundreth time. But what do you expect from a band with awesome aliases as metal as their music: frontman Vega De La Rockha, guitarist Ramon Holiday, violinist Maximillian “Dirty” Sanchez, guittaronist Poncho Rockefeller, trumpeter El Cucey and emcee Warren Russia.

Formed in 2011, the L.A. band is relatively new to the Hollywood scene but has already been packing Sunset Strip hot spots, recently headlining the Roxy on, appropriately enough, Cinco De Mayo. The Mexican metal heads have also nabbed famous fans like Billy Idol and artist Shepherd Fairey. Check out their tour schedule for upcoming SoCal shows, including the San Diego County Fair later this month.

Bang your head to Metalachi’s loco-cool cover of “Crazy Train” below.

A (Rockin’) Day in the Park

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METALLICA, FOO FIGHTERS TO ROCK SF’S OUTSIDE LANDS FEST

What could be better than seeing Metallica (above) crank it to 11 and rock the leaves off the trees in Golden Gate Park on a cool summer night under the stars? How about if Foo Fighters (below), Jack WhiteNeil Young and Beck are also on the bill?!

That fantasy lineup becomes reality Aug. 10-12 when San Francisco’s fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival turns the huge lawn area in the heart of the city’s famous park into a giant rock arena!

Considering that meh bands like Muse and Phish were among recent past headliners, this is clearly the hottest lineup in the music fest’s history. (Although Pearl Jam‘s ’09 set totally rocked!) And at a little over $200, tickets for the three-day event are very reasonable.

Music legends Stevie Wonder and Neil Young, Scottish “Take Me Out” hit-makers Franz Ferdinand and Brit indie faves Bloc Party are also in the music mix of over 50 bands that are set to play Outside Lands this summer! Check out the full lineup here, and get more details at  Outside Lands’ site.

Coachella can have its Tupac holograms. We’re definitely hitting up Outside Lands with the very real Metallica!

Rock And Roll Sermon: Slash

“Once you’ve lived a little you will find that whatever you send out into the world comes back to you one way or another. It may be today, tomorrow or years from now, but it happens. …Those coincidental moments that change your life seem random at the time, but I don’t think they are.”

— from Slash‘s 2007 self-titled autobiography

Rolling Stones Get Plastered

STONED ON SUNSET

A local guerilla has artist plastered L.A. — including a Sunset Strip power box in front of the old Virgin Sunset —  with one of the best pieces of rock art we’ve seen in a helluva long time. Mick Jagger (and Andy Warol) would be proud. And we like it so much that we’re forgiving the artist for omitting Keith Richards.

Speak of the Devil: Ozzy

“Any guy who starts emailing pictures of his ball sack to anyone has got a serious f—ing problem.”

Ozzy Osbourne sounding off about randy technofiles (Rolling Stone)

Chili Peppers’ Eastside Salute

If you’re cruising Bonnie Brae in L.A. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Slow Cheetah” suddenly pops into your head, there’s a good reason. In the track from the Hollywood band’s 2006 release Stadium Arcadium, frontman Anthony Kiedis references the notorious street — located near Downtown Los Angeles — where he used to cop heroin, as revealed in his 2004 autobiography Scar Tissue.

“Any other day and I might play a funeral march for Bonnie Brae,” he sings on the ominous track, brilliantly capturing the essence of the shady area.