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Marilyn Manson, Offspring, Bad Religion to play Sunset Strip Fest

Marilyn Manson
Goth rocker Marilyn Manson and rock acts the Offspring and Bad Religion are set to play the final day of the fifth edition of West Hollywood's Sunset Strip Music Festival, on Aug. 18. Local dance-pop act the Far East Movement, veteran hip-hop act De La Soul and electro-rap cut-ups Das Racist are also on the bill for the street fest. 

Tickets are on sale now for the all-day event. Sunset Strip Festival activities officially launch on Aug. 16, but the name acts and ticketed outdoor concert is on Aug. 18.

Other artists that will appear include the Black Label Society, Dead Sara and Steve Aoki. All told, the three-day Sunset Strip Festival will feature more than 50 acts at West Hollywood venues such as the Roxy Theatre, the Whisky A Go-Go and the Key Club.

This year's Sunset Strip festival will pay tribute to the Doors, with many artists on the bill expected to cover a Doors song or two. Sunset Boulevard will be closed on Aug. 16 between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and the fest will feature two outdoor stages. Also planned is a silent disco and a VIP rooftop lounge.

Tickets for the concert start at $75 and are on sale now via TicketWeb. A VIP pass costs $135. A three-day pass that will get concertgoers into every Sunset Strip event is $250 and includes all VIP perks. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Pasadena.


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-- Todd Martens

Image: Marilyn Manson. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

America, don't hate us for the Offspring's 'Cruising California'

Dear 49 other states,

Forgive us, as we forgot about the Offspring. We weren't paying attention to the band, and left unchecked, this, apparently, is what happens.

While we can't speak for all of California, please know that many of us, as much as we may love the Golden State, are tired of rock songs about California. Even we understand that it's time to be inspired by something other than beaches and skinny people, and just in case Anthony Kiedis is reading, it still counts as a "California song" even if it's about a girl whose last name is California.

That all being said, we knew that this year, what with the Beach Boys reuniting and Best Coast issuing a new album, we were pushing our luck on the California-song overkill. But we didn't even see this one coming. Honestly, we didn't think we'd encounter the words "the Offspring" printed anywhere outside of a KROQ-FM festival.

And then -- BAM -- late last week this thing called "Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk)" suddenly appears, arriving with an attitude that was seemingly time-capsuled in pre-women's suffrage America. Look, we expect nonsense from Katy Perry, an artist who regularly shoots substances -- fire, frosting, dignity -- out of her bra. On the other side of the spectrum, we expect grown men in their mid-40s to not use the word "caboose" in reference to anything other than working on the railroad. 

Now, we are well aware that the Offspring long ago swapped the all-inclusive, anything-goes ethos of punk rock for the world of radio-hit novelties, so ixnay on the "can't you take a joke" comments. But having a song called "Original Prankster" in your catalog doesn't mean you can deliver a punchline, and if "Cruising California" is meant to be absurd, then the band should have done more than deliver pandering, Carly Rae Jespen synths and a video in which a gaggle of senior citizens and tweens ogle barely-clothed strippers. Yes, the video, like the song, is not age-appropriate. Hilarious.

We don't want to call any more attention to this song and video than is necessary, especially because it quotes a classic from the Ramones and we don't want think of this nightmare when we hear "Blitzkrieg Bop." We simply wanted the rest of the country to know that some of us here in California are sorry that our pop-culture personalities continue to brag about wasting their lives away in beach towns.

Most of us here work hard, and many of us are jealous of things like seasons and baseball parks that aren't full of beach balls. Should you come to California, there are not, as the Offspring would lead you to believe, travelling buses full of women in G-strings -- unless, maybe, you're still collecting royalties on "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and can afford to act like a boob. 


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Coldplay, Incubus, Silversun Pickups tapped for Weenie Roast

Those who missed out on tickets to Coldplay's three early May shows at the Hollywood Bowl will now have another chance to catch the British pop band. Coldplay will help anchor the annual day-long radio station festival in Irvine that is KROQ-FM's Weenie Roast y Fiesta. Joining Coldplay at the top of the May 5 bill at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater will be Southern California rock band Incubus, which last year released its first album in five years.

Like most KROQ (106.7) festivals, the Weenie Roast largely honors bands that have long been staples on the station's airwaves, and it does so while sprinkling in a newcomer or two that seem preordained for heavy rotation. Local punk bands Pennywise and Offspring are slated to appear, as are Blink-182 off-shoot Angels & Airwaves and technologically minded alt-rock act Garbage. The latter has a pair of sold-out dates at the El Rey on April 9 and April 10.

Silver Lake's Silversun Pickups will perform in advance of its May 8 album "Neck of the Woods," and peppy, fast-rising locals Grouplove will celebrate the success of debut album "Never Trust a Happy Song." Rounding out the bill will be electro-rockers Awolnation, reggae act the Dirty Heads, dancey power-pop band Walk the Moon and anthemic, Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men. 

Those who sign up to be members of KROQ's street team mailing list will have first access to tickets Thursday at noon. Tickets will be available via and Tickets for last year's event ranged in price from $45 to $75, not including service fees. 


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Photo: Coldplay's Chris Martin performs at the MTV European Music Awards 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on  Nov. 6, 2011. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press

Pukkelpop Festival canceled after stage collapse kills five* (Updated)

Pukkelpop stage collapse Belgium music festival
Thursday’s storm-driven stage collapse at Belgium’s annual Pukkelpop Festival, which killed five people and injured dozens, prompted organizers to cancel the rest of the three-day event headlined by Eminem, the Foo Fighters and the Offspring.

One of several stages collapsed as trees were uprooted by a heavy storm that dumped rain and hail on the festival near the city of Hasselt in the eastern part of the country.

Festival officials said they decided to call off the rest of the event out of respect to the victims. Three people were still in critical condition Friday morning, according to the Associated Press. An estimated 60,000 people attended.

"I have seen many tropical storms, but this was unprecedented," Chokri Mahassine, organizer of 26-year-old festival, told AP. 

Participating musicians quickly Tweeted reactions. 

“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives today at the show in Belgium,” Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars wrote. “We are absolutely devastated that this celebration ended in tragedy. To those that were injured we are sending thoughts and prayers. Obviously under these horrible and dangerous circumstances, and out of respect for those who have passed, Thirty Seconds to Mars will not be playing. We love you all and hope tomorrow brings a better day.”

The Foo Fighters wrote: “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic events at Pukkelpop.”

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Offspring's Dexter Holland: 'Ads don't sell hot sauce. Friends do.'


Some artists can spend two years making an album. Orange County's the Offspring went five years between releases, as last summer's "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace" was the act's first full-length of new material since 2003's "Splinter."

But if you can't rush pop-punk, you can't, apparently, hurry hot sauce either. The Times' Geoff Boucher writes that Offspring frontman Dexter Holland spent two years experimenting, searching for "the right taste, texture and all-important zing," with his recently released hot sauce Gringo Bandito.

Writes Boucher in this story for The Times' food section:

Bandito is now being bottled at the brisk pace of 300 gallons a month and is even being sold through Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California and Las Vegas, a triumph for a venture that faced a dizzying array of competitors and started as a spicy lark.

"Growing up here I was always into Mexican food and culture, Day of the Dead, all of it, and one day I looked at a hot sauce bottle and wondered if I could do better," the 43-year-old Holland says as he munches on tacos at Lona's Wardlow Station, a Long Beach landmark when it comes to cantina cuisine and cervezas.

But whereas Offspring songs are pumped out on corporate radio, Holland is taking a more grass-roots, do-it-yourself approach with his sauce. ""We took it to fire stations and electrical unions and gave it away," he said. "I leave it at beach bars in Huntington and Redondo. The best way is to get one person to taste it and then tell their friends. Ads don't sell hot sauce. Friends do."

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--Todd Martens

Photo credit: Gringo Bandito


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