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Dandy Warhols, Kyle Gass attempt to please at the Playboy mansion

June 6, 2009 |  4:04 pm


Talk about a tough crowd. 

It's hard enough to keep the attention of any audience, but imagine you're the Dandy Warhols, and the spectators are partying in Hugh Hefner's yard at the Playboy mansion. In case that's not enough of a distraction, add in the fact that you're playing a party thrown by advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project.

Yet fortunately this party came with strict rules. Guests were given explicit instructions that no marijuana would be allowed on the premise. This meant that there was less of a certain aroma Thursday night at the Playboy mansion than there is at most concerts around L.A.

But as Dandy's keyboardist Zia McCabe assured the crowd of about 600, "Hey, we're great if you're stoned. And if you're not, we'll make you feel like you are."

The Dandys delivered a gentle, casual and yes, stoney performance, opening up with the spacey and grand "Mohammed" and then easing their way around their groovy songbook. The quartet made a few stops through its mid-sized hits and wrapped up the 10-song performance with "Country Leaver." The song's opening line fit the theme of the night well: "Well I'm going to see you soon in Amsterdam."


The audience, most of whom paid $900 each to support the MPP, included host Fairuza Balk, 13th District Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (above, receiving an award from Rob Kampia of the MPP), Cypress Hill's B-Real and Hefner -- who was escorted by his twin girlfriends (below). 


Opening for the Dandy Warhols was Tenacious D's Kyle Gass (pictured below), who was flanked by two musicians who faintly resembled members of Gass' side project, Train Wreck (a name that, coincidentally, doubles as a strain of marijuana). The trio ran through a handful of songs, including Tenacious D's "Tribute."

Jack Black, the star of Tenacious D, sits on the board of the Marijuana Policy Project, along with former Gov. Jesse Ventura and Dr. Jocelyn Elders.


--Photos and post by Tony Pierce