Music News: Marilyn Manson, Offspring, Bad Religion, more to celebrate the Doors at Sunset Strip Music Fest
June 14th, 2012, 6:15 am · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Last year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival supposedly revolved around honorees Motley Crue — except hardly anything about the annual street-and-club festival seemed to celebrate the self-appointed, decidedly debauched Saints of Los Angeles.
That’s changing for the SSMF’s fifth outing, kicking off Aug. 16-17 with an onslaught of West Hollywood club shows at the Roxy, Whiskey, Viper Room and elsewhere, and culminating with a daylong festival on Aug. 18, capped by sets from Marilyn Manson, the Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion and more.
This year’s Sunset Strip icon of choice is, with good reason, the Doors. Subsequently, many of the above acts and possibly others — including “very special guest” Black Label Society, Far East Movement, De La Soul, Dead Sara, Das Racist and more — are expected to perform songs from the lastingly influential Jim Morrison & Co. catalog.
“The Doors are honored to be celebrated by the magical, legendary Strip,” Ray Manzarek said in a statement earlier Wednesday. “A great leap forward from the Summer Of Love to today. What a great time we’re going to have! The Sunset Strip. Live bands, loud music, Rock and Roll. It’s the ’60s all over again, and everyone is welcome. Dancing in the streets. Joy, Love, Peace. And we want to get it all together just One – More – TIME! Could this be the beginning of the new Golden Age? Let it be so.”
Robby Krieger added: “It’s a thrill to be honored by The Sunset Strip Music Festival this year. Venice was our home, but The Doors lived and came of age on the Sunset Strip. It’s exciting to see that the legacy we helped create is still alive and thriving today!”
And not to be left out by his mates who no longer play with him, here’s a word or 38 from John Densmore: “The Sunset Strip in the ‘60s was the incubation canal for an entire renaissance in music, and its impact is still with us. The Doors are proud to be honored this year at the 5th annual SSMF celebration.”
Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $75 for just the Aug. 18 festival, with a VIP pass (providing rooftop views and assorted amenities) available for $135. A very limited number of three-day VIP passes are also available, which grants access to a club-size Doors celebration on Aug. 16, plus entrance to all the Sunset Strip venues throughout the SSMF run. Portions of ticket proceeds will benefit Impact Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center.
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