WHAT: Sunset Strip Musical Festival 2011
WHERE: Los Angeles, California
WHEN: August 20th, 2011
Text by Lizandro Melean
The Sunset Strip Festival 2011 tried to take back that old feeling full of hairspray, self-destruction, bad behavior and gallons of whisky down your throat on stages full of angst-ridden songs. Two stages, the one on the east, not too much rock on it, but full of fresh bands that made the public jump no matter how hot the weather was.
Cobra Starship was the dessert after 1pm, a band that seems right on these Glee times but not too right on a rock festival on Sunset Strip, where as legends tells, lies the real American rock heart.
On the East side at 3:10pm Matt and Kim put the entire audience inside their pockets and Public Enemy, although they were far from being in the rock aisle, reminded us why they are one of the top-notch rap bands of all time, priceless to see Flavor Flav´s teeth live. She Wants Revenge on the other side stayed on the mellow side with their placebo-indie-rock-style warming up the amplifiers for Mötley Crue.
The poisons for the day: beer, courtesy of Budweiser, and Jack and Coke on a bottle. The prices: reasonable though a little high, the usual on these kinds of events. The Twilight Zone moment: you could only drink these refreshing elixirs on a zone that were more in tone with an AA after party than something else. You could not drink your beer watching the bands; I imagine this was made to stop people from littering.
People went there to see Bush and Tommy Lee and Co., Escape the Fate also gave a wonderful performance but it was Bush who started to put fire on stage. Their show was short but consistent. The sound impeccable and Gavin Rossdale voice amazing. It was like listening to a Greatest Hits Bush album, only the essential songs were played and they were one of the bands who did a meet & greet before their show.
Mötley Crue and Kiss must be the most theatrical bands out there. You pay to watch Tommy Lee spin around with his battery, then you pay to see fireworks and great visual effects and then you pay to listen to the band live. Their show was flawless and entertaining with a capital E.
The Sunset Strip Festival is the aperitive for Fall season. It’s the moment to blow the heat candle and give a step forward to the winter-colder season and a breath of melancholic air to all those bands who were, are and will be the kings of the sweetest cocaine for the soul: rock n roll.
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