By Christina Radish
It was a crazy day in L. A. on Saturday, September 12, 2009, as approximately 10,000 locals descended onto the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for the inaugural Sunset Strip Music Festival. With two outdoor stages and six venues on the closed-off Strip between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive, the eclectic line-up seemingly had something for everyone, featuring performances from more than 50 different artists, that went on for seven music-packed hours.
The main stage featured the popular all-girl punk rock band The Donnas, as well as Pepper, who boasted about binge drinking, pot smoking, and trying to get laid, much like hip-hop group Kottonmouth Kings (pictured above), who riled up fans on the smaller outdoor stage.
While Fishbone, Unwritten Law, Shiny Toy Guns, Shwayze (featuring Cisco Adler), and LMFAO kept the crowd going outside of the Hustler store, bands inside kept the Key Club, Roxy Theatre, Whiskey A Go-Go, and Cat Club rockin’ with 30-to-45-minute sets. Even actress Taryn Manning showcased her band, Boomkat, with an enthusiastic, lively set.
The crowd continued to grow for one of the event’s big draws, the Bakersfield, California, natives Korn. For their first L. A. show in two years, the nu-metal favorites did an hour-long set that included not only their own hits, such as “Falling Away from Me,” “Freak on a Leash,” and “Got the Life,” but also a memorable cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2.”
Following Korn was the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, who stole the spotlight as he enthusiastically made his way through fan favorites, like “Bark at the Moon,” “Crazy Train,” and “War Pigs.” The energetic, dynamic performance was the Black Sabbath frontman’s first on the Strip since their inaugural U. S. tour of 1970, and it proved to be well worth the wait.
All in all, West Hollywood successfully held one of the more diverse music festivals in the L.A. area, one that went off with a bang and will hopefully remain an annual fixture.