Live Review: Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver and AllAxess.com Talks 2011 "Sunset Strip Music Festival"
Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:17:06
At The 2011 Sunset Strip Music Festival, Hollywood rock fans were treated to an awesome day of music for the third consecutive year.
Rock n' roll is pretty much synonymous with the Sunset Strip and vice versa. After all these years, few things are cooler than some of biggest and baddest bands out there overtaking the iconic street. Mötley Crüe will always have a special connection to the Strip, and they proved that in spades during an unforgettable set in front of the rabid crowd.
There were many other fine acts during the day—some old and some new. One that really stands out was the re-vamped and reunited Bush. Led by alt rock icon Gavin Rossdale, the band played a dazzling set that sounded tight and energetic for all standing there on the hot August afternoon. Bush is returning with its first record in almost a decade, but it seems like they never left. The crowd was transfixed by every gesture and lyric that all members threw out at them. All the classics: "Machine Head" as well as a fine cover of the Beatles "Come Together." The audience roared in approval of Bush's return.
There is no mistaking Motley Crüe's contribution to the sunset strip. Forget the countless accolades in music and also infamy over their 30-year career, the Crüe is the Sunset Strip!
They crawled out of the gutters of Hollywood to establish themselves as one of the biggest acts in Heavy Metal history as well as one of the biggest acts ever to come out of Los Angeles mainly for their catalog of timeless hits. Boasting a stripped-down stage plot(except for Tommy Lee's rollercoaster drum set) the Crue plowed right into "Wildside", "Home Sweet Home", "Dr. Feelgood", and more staples. I have to say that the best part of the set was Tommy Lee's drum solo complete with his drum set doing a full upside down, 360-degree rotation. I don't think that 30 years ago when the Crüe was struggling to get a show on the Strip that they ever believed they would be riding rollercoasters above it with Deadmau5. But, hey, dreams do come true in Hollywood.
—Jeff Kendrick [co-founder of AllAxess.com, guitarist of DevilDriver]
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