METAL UP YOUR…EAR?
Sunset Strip hot spot Viper Room plastered its side wall, on Larrabee, with a cool new Metallica-inspired graphic Friday night. We don’t know yet what the new Club Lee Roy event, happening at VR on September 28, is going to entail nor what type of music will be shakin’ the woofers. But judging solely on the logo’s salute to Metallica, it already sounds quite promising.
Check back to SunsetandClark.com for upcoming details on the new event.
CYRCLE FLEXES FLOWER POWER ON THE SUNSET STRIP
Prolific and stellar street artists Cyrcle have covered the side wall of the Sunset Strip’s Roxy with a very cool, colorful political statement. Or maybe they just like flowers. Either way, congrats to Cyrcle on another very cool addition to the Sunset scene.
O.C. ROCKERS SPARK PRE-SSMF BUZZ WITH SUNSET PRESENCE
It’s the mid-’90s all over again on Sunset Boulevard — and we like it! In advertising, placement is everything, and Huntington Beach hard rockers The Offspring took that adage to mind and are plastered in a hard-to-miss historic spot on the Strip – on the shell of the old Tower Video. Seeing the band back on the Strip brings us back to the ’90s, when The Offspring were rockin’ future classics like “Keep ‘Em Separated” and “Come Out and Play,” and Tower Video’s famous red and yellow sign was casting a groovy glow over the corner of Sunset and Larrabee.
The Offspring poster is advertising the band’s new album, Days Go By. They’re certain to rock new tunes like the title track and, our current fave, “Cruising California (Bumpin’ In My Trunk)” when The Offspring rock the main stage of the Sunset Strip Music Festival in August!
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.
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.
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!
Hometown Heavy Metal Heroes Make a Pitch for the L.A. Dodgers
The L.A. Dodgers tapped a couple of local rock n’ roll heroes to hype the hometown team in the summer of 2010 as part of the baseball club’s “This Is My Town” campaign, which coincided with the launch of the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in August. The promotion included billboards scattered throughout the city, including a notable presence on Sunset, and featured the likes of Hollywood bad boys Mötley Crüe, longtime Beverly Hills residents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and for some unusual reason, Canadian cheeseballs Nickelback.
Guitar hero Slash, a faithful Dodgers fan who rocked the national anthem at a 2009 Dodgers vs Cardinals home game, donned Dodger Blue (a denim shirt, which is close enough) for a billboard near Sunset and La Cienega in West Hollywood.
Crüe bassist-songwriter Nikki Sixx and Poison frontman Bret Michaels were featured in the campaign last year.
ROCK AND ROLL OVER
In August 2010, Gibson Guitars launched “GuitarTown,” a public arts project spread throughout 1.6 miles of the Sunset Strip and celebrating iconic bands and musicians, while highlighting the Strip’s significance to rock and roll history. Included among the over two dozen custom designed 10 foot tall fiberglass Les Paul guitars are tributes to Jimi Hendrix and KISS, whose colorful tribute is located near West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont.