Girls (and Boys) Together Outrageously Back when Pamela Des Barres was bedding and abetting rock stars like Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger and Keith Moon, and chronicling it all for her book Im With the Band, the groupie label was anything but derogatory. Unfortunately, the G-word is now associated more with the airheaded hussies who stalked the Sunset Strip in the 80s than the artsy muses of her time. The rock & roll love tomes recent republication probably wont change that, but one things for sure: This GTOs still got it. Celebrating the book and the new line of Smashing Grandpa T-shirts it inspired, Des Barres hosted a swanky bash at the Chateau Marmont penthouse just steps away from her old stomping grounds on Tuesday, 11/15, attracting übersexy rock stars past, present and future. Attendees included a healthy-looking Scott Weiland, Slim Jim Phantom, James Intveld, Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee) and Carmen Electra, not surprising considering the soiree was co-hosted by Dave Navarro (who penned the paperbacks new foreword), John Taylor (swoon!), Bryan Rabin, Pammys ex Michael Des Barres, Leslie Gardner, Steve Jones (in a Smashing T emblazoned with the words Groupie Music Heroine) and Rodney Bingenheimer (donning duds from his English Disco days . . . which, by the way, hes in talks about reopening soon). The next day, Jonesy pithily summed up the gathering on his radio show: I felt like I was in The Doors movie. And speaking of movies, were still waiting for the cinematic version of Band, which has been rumored to be in the works for so long, the actresses interested in parts are now way past their pubescent-groupie primes. Shock and Awe Blink-182/Transplants drummer Travis Barker got a big surprise last Monday at LAX nightclub, when a party for his new DC shoe line turned out to be a 30th-birthday bash, too, complete with a full marching band playing Happy Birthday and little gifts like a 67 canary-yellow Cadillac. Onlookers included Nicole Richie and fiancé DJ AM,Jackass Steve O, and bandmates Skinhead Rob (Transplants) and Mark Hoppus (Blink). Look for the whole shebang on the second season of MTVs Meet the Barkers . . . Checked out the opening night of Lounge One Eleven at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, but it wasnt that grand. Though the performances (DJ Nobody, Steve Spacek & Troubleman, Unkles James Lavelle) may have been, the little experiment (as host Jason Bentley called it) failed to excite, mainly because the room in a prominent corner of the Frank Gehrydesigned structure doesnt have much going on vibewise. Still, its nothing that better seating and more dramatic lighting cant fix . . . Readers who were bewildered by Nightrangers attempt to explain The Rubys closure situation last week: Prepare to be illuminated. The club has fixed its fire-code issues and reinstated all of the promoters who fled to other venues, though retro fans will now have two options on Sundays: Club 80s at the Ruby and Beat It at Avalon. If youre reading this on Wednesday, check out holiday parties from the former tonight and the latter on Friday. Gobble-gobble.
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