Camp Freddy & Friends

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Camp Freddy fans because December is right around the corner & that means it’s time for the Camp Freddy & Friends residency! December 2, 9, 16, & 23 are this year’s dates & we can’t wait to spend them with you, Billy Morrison (Billy Idol/The Cult), Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction/The Panic Channel), Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), Chris Chaney (Janes Addiction/Alanis Morrisette), and all their famous friends.

If you’ve seen the show before you know it’s the best party of you’ll go to all year and can expect the best of the best guests at each show. Previous “Friends” include Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Steven Tyler, Moby, Chad Smith, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mark McGrath, Slash, Juliette Lewis & so many others.

Get a dose of CF here:

Camp Freddy Compilation from Dave Navarro on Vimeo.

Tickets are available via Ticketweb & The Roxy Box Office now!

Limited Golden tickets are available that get you access to all four shows, one soundcheck, and meet & greet with the band! For more information call The Roxy box office at 310-278-9457.

Sunset Strip Music Fest 2011

The Sunset Strip Music Festival is officially rolling out August 18-20, 2011 and here we have the official lineup just for you!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

House of Blues

Tribute to Mötley Crüe

Key Club

Uriah Heep

Neon Max
Souljourners
Oh So Wild

Viper Room

The Veronicas

The Tender Box
Run Run Run

Whisky A Go-Go

The Faceless

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

The Roxy

Buckcherry

Key Club

Dredg

Whisky A Go-Go

Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors

Zen Rising
Kathryn Gallagher

Viper Room

Eli James

Taylor Locke & The Roughs
Lady Sinatra

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:
STREET FESTIVAL

OUTDOOR STAGES

Mötley Crüe

Bush

Matt & Kim

Public Enemy

Cobra Starship

The Dirty Heads

Escape The Fate

She Wants Revenge

Tribal Seeds

Black Veil Brides

INDOOR STAGES

The Roxy Theatre

Kill The Complex
Queen Caveat
Sabrosa Purr
Letlive
Jordan Cook
Chappo
Imagine Dragons
The Limousines
The Expanders
Warner Drive
Semi Precious Weapons‘ Empire with Special Guests

Key Club

Voxhaul Broadcast
Pigeon John
Deluka
Youngblood Hawke
Indians
Vampires Everywhere!
Kozmonaut
Felix Cartal
Harvard Bass
Deathface
BONES

Whisky A Go-Go

Motochrist
London
Demolition
Motorcycle Boy
All Hail The Yeti
Soulbleed
Desecrate
DC4
Dylan Nash
Haunted By Heroes
School of Rock
Blowing Up The Moon
Acidic
The Lost Patrol
Romantic Torture
Whiskey Six
Bolt Action Thrill
Key To Chaos
Electra
Divinity Roxx & special celebrity guests
Whisky A Go-Go Girls
Betty Moon
Black Vinyl
Kokopelli

More bands still to be added so keep checking back for updates to the lineup!

Visit SSMF.com for more information on the 4th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival

Rock Gods on The Sunset Strip

Yesterday, the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne and his good friend Slash swung by the House of Blues Sunset Strip to sign the Ozzy Osbourne Guitartown guitar. Fans and press were there in full effect waiting hours to see their favorite heavy metal men.

We had a second to talk to Slash and asked him about his favorite Roxy memory. He told us about his mother being in The Rocky Horror Picture Show live stage performances at The Roxy that started in 1974. Slash recalled being so young and getting to hang out in the venue. Cool, right?

Ozzy gave us a minute of his time and here’s what he had to say..

Here’s some pics from The Roxy’s own Erik Voake:

For a look at all of the pictures check out our Flickr page here

The guitar was done by artist/photographer Nic Adams

SSMF Memories

The Sunset Strip Music Festival still resonates over a month later. It took place August 26-28, 2010 and included all the legendary spots of The Sunset Strip and then some. The memories that were created that weekend are ones that will stay with us for years to come. The goosebumps we felt singing along with The Smashing Pumpkins, the undeniable need to jump on stage during Semi Precious Weapons, the urge to throw your fist in the air when Slash and Fergie did “Paradise City.” All these things we can’t push out of our minds, but really, who’s trying to?

The community this festival provided was remarkable. Everyone was there for the music and for each other. We all wanted to be a part of something bigger and for that weekend, we made history.

Watch this video, share your favorite memory and a random comment will win two tickets to Nico Vega and Saint Motel on October 29.

Sunset Strip Music Festival 2010 from Sunset Strip on Vimeo.

Sunset Strip Music Fest 2010 Lineup Released

SLASH FEAT. MYLES KENNEDY WITH SPECIAL GUEST FERGIE TO PERFORM AT
SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL

COMMON TO PERFORM DURING AUG. 28 STREET FEST

NEON TREES, SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS, BIG B,
STEEL PANTHER ALSO ANNOUNCED

The third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF), set for Aug. 26-28, 2010, has announced 2010 honoree SLASH will perform with FERGIE and MYLES KENNEDY — two of the vocalists on Slash’s No. 1 album — during the Aug. 28 outdoor street festival. Organizers also announced COMMON, SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS, NEON TREES, BIG B, and STEEL PANTHER have been added to the street festival lineup.

They all join previously announced headliner The Smashing Pumpkins as the boulevard is closed to traffic between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and transformed into a premier concert destination with outdoor stages, beer gardens, a VIP lounge, food trucks, interactive experiences and live performances within the venues during the day.

Multi-Grammy award winning musician and noted actor Common, who has spent his career pushing boundaries and taking listeners out of their comfort zones with his socially conscious words, will close the East outdoor stage. The street fest will also feature Semi Precious Weapons (whose appearance marks a break in their tour with Lady Gaga and a return to their Sunset Strip roots); Neon Trees (who “are excited to share the stage with such an amazing eclectic group of artists as well as have the time to become fans for the day”); Big B with special guests (known for his high caliber collaborations with guest performers, Big B will preview songs from his upcoming fifth studio album); and a larger than life performance by The Sunset Strip’s resident heavy metal band Steel Panther.

Additionally, a mix of more than 50 local and national artists — including John West, Vanaprasta, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Adler’s Appetite, The Binges, Ankla and Dirty Sweet — will perform within the venues during the Aug. 28 street fest date. Aug. 28 venue lineups include (more to be announced):

Cat Club
Oh No Not Stereo
The Dolly Rocker Movement
Hillbilly Herald
Lonely Drunks Club
White Arrows
Rattlesnake Shake
HDR
Casper & The Bad Spirits
Dirty Sweet
Diamond Lane
Prohibition Rose
JD Bender
Cast Of Kings
Love And A .38
Lady Sinatra
The Binges
The Royal Highness
For Friday
The Outline

Key Club
Vanaprasta
Blowing Up The Moon
(more TBA)

The Roxy Theatre
Tomorrows Bad Seeds
Zen Robbi
Nikki & Rich
John West
Andy Grammar
Wicker
New Kingdom
Juke Kartel

Whisky A Go-Go
Adler’s Appetite
Billy Boy On Poison
The Shrill
Yeti
Ankla
Tornado Rider
Forrest Day
Sean Rex
Soma
Subliminal Trip
Reason To Rebel
Electra
Lost Patrol
Acidic
Desecrate

Music venues have also started to announce their Friday, Aug. 27 lineups, which include WARNER DRIVE with Run Devil Run (Viper Room); P.O.D. with Static Pulse, Thick As Thieves, Slant, Asphalt Messiah and Sound Of Ugly (Whisky); and KIX (House of Blues).

The three-day fest kicks-off with a tribute to legendary guitarist Slash at the House of Blues on Aug. 26. Friday, Aug. 27 includes a Virgin America sponsored VIP cocktail party at the Andaz hotel prior to the venues hosting a full night of music. Again this year, the Viper Room will serve as the official media hub during the day of the street festival, with live remotes from 98.7fm and artist interviews.

Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com/ssmf). A portion of all ticket sales benefits Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a charity personally selected by honoree Slash. LAYN’s mission is to end homelessness, one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

SSMF 2010’s proud supporting sponsors include Virgin America, V Australia, Jack Daniel’s, Ticketmaster, Vitaminwater, Gibson Guitar, 98.7fm, Andaz West Hollywood, Whole Foods West Hollywood, City of West Hollywood, West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau and Signature Creative. Street fest production provided by Swing House Hollywood.

For more information about SSMF, including additional lineup announcements, visit www.ssmf.com.

Smashing Pumpkins Announced as 2010 SSMF Headliner

It gives us great pleasure to announce that SMASHING PUMPKINS will be headlining this years Sunset Strip Music Festival. On the heels of last years first ever street closure with Ozzy Osbourne, Pepper, Shwayze, The Donnas, LMFAO (to name a few) and 10, 000 of our closest friends – 2010 is going to be HUGE!! To celebrate our local blog readers, facebook fans, and twitter friends – there will be a limited number of GA street fest tickets for sale at $35 each starting now just for you. Advance tickets can be found – here.

ALL tickets (Street Fest GA – $49.50, Street Fest VIP – $100, and 3-Day VIP – $250) will go on sale this Thursday, June 17 at 10 am through Ticketmaster and SSMF.com. A portion of every ticket sold to benefit Los Angeles Youth Network.

Smashing Pumpkins are best known for songs such as “1979,” “Today,” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings.” This summer, the band is embarking on an intimate 12 city tour, from Ohio to Osaka for the first time since 2008. The Sunset Strip Music Festival marks the only West Coast appearance.

Slash Rox The Roxy

What’s cooler than a midnight show? A midnight show with Slash. In celebration of Slash’s new record, the one and only will be doing a special show on Saturday April 10, 2010! He’s no stranger to our stage, and we are honored to have him play some new tunes for an intimate crowd. We have a limited number tickets held for the die hards – use the password “slashrox” to get your presale tickets! Thru ticketmaster and The Roxy box office (310 278 9457)

3rd Annual SSMF Honoree Announced

SLASH TO BE HONORED AT THIRD ANNUAL
SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Rock Icon To Kick Off Festival At Aug. 26 Tribute Event
SSMF 2010 Set For Aug. 26, 27 & 28 In West Hollywood
CREDIT: SSBA

Legendary guitarist SLASH will be honored at the third annual SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL (SSMF). SSMF will celebrate Slash, who is synonymous with The Sunset Strip, for his contributions to the history of The Strip as well as the music industry. The tribute event kicks off the three-day music fest and honors icons who have made an impact on the legacy of The Sunset Strip. The August 26 event will take place at the House of Blues Sunset Strip.
Adding to the celebration, the City of West Hollywood will also declare Aug. 26, 2010, “Slash Day.”

“I am sincerely overwhelmed to be the recipient of the Sunset Strip Music Festival honors! The Strip and West Hollywood have been my stomping grounds since I was a little kid,” noted Slash. “I grew up in and around the music scene here. It is where I got my start in the music business and where I still feel most at home. Thank you so much.”
Known for his skillful, soulful hard-rock guitar solos, Slash’s career has continued to grow from his early days performing at the Whisky A Go-Go with Guns N’ Roses to his collaborations with Michael Jackson (“Black And White,” “Give In To Me”), Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and directors Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky (core contributions to the “Jackie Brown” soundtrack and the signature sound of the score to “The Wrestler”).
Slash traces his love of music and exploring spirit to his childhood in England, where his father introduced him to the sounds of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and other classic, groundbreaking acts. He got an insider’s view through his teen years after the family moved to Los Angeles, his father a graphic artist who worked with David Geffen for such artists as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and his mother a costume designer for many top pop artists. Almost on a whim, he and friend Steve Adler started playing music together; Slash on guitar and Adler on drums. In the early ’80s, influenced by such bands as Lemmy’s Motorhead, he and Adler formed a band, recruiting bassist Duff McKagan. Within a year, with the addition of singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin, the venture had morphed into Guns N’ Roses – and by the end of the decade had changed the course of rock history.
Slash has also lent his talents to bands Slash’s Snakepit and the Grammy Award-winning Velvet Revolver as well as a self-titled solo album, which features guest spots from artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie, Lemmy, Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale and Adam Levine among others, set for release on April 6.
“You cannot mention The Sunset Strip without thinking of Slash. His influence changed the course of rock and roll and can be seen daily on The Strip,” stated Todd Steadman, executive director of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. “He continues to support The Sunset Strip and has been a part of the festival from its inaugural year, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate him for his contributions to this legendary music boulevard.”
“The City of West Hollywood is so proud to be home to the world-famous Sunset Strip, and we look forward to again hosting the Sunset Strip Music Festival,” noted West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land. “Building on the first two successful events, we’re certain that this year’s festival will be an amazing celebration of The Strip, its history and great music. That celebration will be even more exciting with the recognition of Slash as one of the festival honorees. He has energized audiences worldwide, but holds a special place in the ongoing legacy of The Sunset Strip.”
Previous SSMF honorees include Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine, who helped shape the live music experience on The Strip with the creation of The Roxy Theatre, The Rainbow and the Whisky A Go-Go, and rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, whose first U.S. performance was at the Whisky with Black Sabbath in 1970.
Similar to the 2009 SSMF, this year’s event will feature live performances in all six music venues (Cat Club, House of Blues, Key Club, The Roxy Theatre, Viper Room and Whisky A Go-Go) on Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28. The three-day event will conclude with a street festival on Saturday, Aug. 28, which includes a street closure from San Vicente Boulevard to Doheny Drive allowing for outdoor stages as well as live performances throughout the day and night in the music venues.
More details about the Sunset Strip Music Festival 2010, including artist lineup and ticket information, will be announced.

Painted Turtle Rockstar Karaoke ReCap

Thanks to all who came out and supported such an incredible cause close to our hearts on Sunday. Thanks to all the amazing performers who showed their support by lending their talent – and to all the amazing people in attendance. The Painted Turtle events are something we always look forward to hosting – so please feel free to support it year round – http://www.thepaintedturtle.org/turtle/.
Check out the pics of the star-studded event – by Nic Adler

Rock Star Karaoke - A Painted Turtle Benefit

Rock Star Karaoke - A Painted Turtle Benefit

Rock Star Karaoke - A Painted Turtle Benefit

Rock Star Karaoke - A Painted Turtle Benefit

Rock Star Karaoke - A Painted Turtle Benefit

Our Favorite Idol

For all you American Idol die-hards, make sure to tune in this week when SLASH takes over Rock Idol Week! We were happy to (secretly) open our doors to Slash and Co this past weekend – he is always welcome on our stage, and it was only fitting that he taught those Idol kid’s how its done!
Slash -Rock Idol Week-American Idol
Credit: my favorite guilty pleasure blog, OhNoTheyDidnt

Camp Freddy and a Night of Cameos

Last night was pretty monumental – we saw the return of Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, Steve Lukather of TOTO, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top all rocking out! Paired with the always tenacious Navarro and Company – epic!
Dave Navarro and Billy Gibbons – captured by Greg Watermann

Dave Navarro/Billy Gibbons 12/16

Also, don’t quote us on this…but if you happened to be listening to Jonesy’s show on INDIE 103.1 this morning you might have heard that the Prince of Darkness himself will be making an appearance at the Camp Freddy finale next week – true or false? We’re not saying…but it’s not to be missed!

Farewell To Freddy

The month of Camp Freddy Mayhem has become this Rock N Roll machine that has been the talk of the town! It’s taken over like no one could have ever imagined. It started off great as we were so excited to be able to hold one of our Roxy contests to find the lucky openers – which allowed local bands to actually warm up the stage for Freddy. What a great opportunity. And now, we’ve had FIVE sold out shows – countless special guests – and killer set lists. Over the past 4 weeks, we’ve seen Tommy Lee, Terry Nunn, Chester of Linkin Park, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Chino of the Deftones, Jerry Cantrell, Lemmy Kilmister, B-Real and Sen Dog, Tiffany, Metal Skool, Cory from Slipknot/Stone Sour, Tom Morrello as well as our house favorite Mark McGrath – to name a few! On top of the Sex Pistols Paul Cook, Glen Matlock and Steve Jones and GnR legends Duff and Slash! Insanity. We hate to rub it in, because the Freddy Finale tonight is of course sold out – but for the lucky, this show will take the cake! Every Thursday the chaos starts early – so make sure you stay tuned as Nic and I twitter the day away. We’ll keep you updated as always, on all the nitty gritty secrets. Thanks to all the guests and the guys – as well as the fans who have made the Roxy their nightlife staple for the month. We hope to see you all soon.

Third Times A Charm With Camp Freddy

As if the first two shows of the residency haven’t been close to perfection – it just keeps getting better! We know the show’s have caused quite a buzz around town…and if you missed last week, don’t worry…I’m sure Chester from Linkin Park and Slash of GnR share the stage a lot….oh wait….So do yourself a favor, and come check out the history that will inevitably be made tonight. I wonder who the guests will be tonight… Tickets here or 310 278 9457.
Check out last week – Chester and Slash
Camp Freddy Thanks to Wendybird for the hot shot!