Hanging out backstage . . . Priceless
The surprise OK Go! show at The Roxy on Wednesday for the new IN:LA AmEx credit card (you know, the one with those annoying commercials that promise VIP access to L.A. hot spots ) was, uh, okay, but we were more entertained by the performance in the dressing room, where singer Damian Kulash bitched about the corporate bloodsuckers to a small group that included actor Jon Duckie Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) even while Kulash signed AmEx merch . . . 30 Seconds to Mars played Avalon last week, and though our all-access wristband didnt get us a sighting of Lindsay Lohan, whom singer Jared Leto has recently dated (theyre co-starring in a new film about John Lennons killer), we did get to eye Letos new Billie Joe Armstrongish black hair/eyeliner/nails guise up close, and we gotta say it we like the Jordan Catalano look better. Not that the screaming, sold-out crowd in matching 30 Sec wristbands felt that way. When the bands melodramatic metal got in full gear, forget about Mars, the kids were over the moon. [Seems impossible, but this band actually makes me nostalgic for Incubus. ed.]
If there really is a war on Christmas as religious zealots keep yammering on the nightly news we sure havent seen it. Nightrangers been dashing through the shows and holiday shindigs all week, and let us assure you, the Yuletide spirit is more than alive out there. The Babes in Toyland event at Smashbox Studios, hosted by Brent Bolthouse, featured a gi-normous tree, free Polaroids with St. Nick, and model-esque elf chicks handing out candy and lip gloss, not to mention Ivan Kanes Forty Deuce dancers ho-ho-ho-ing it onstage for celebs like Skeet Ulrich,Taye Diggs and Paris Hilton with her bodyguard cock-blocking dudes at every turn. (Hilton, Lohan and others also boogied at Bolthouses b-day bash Saturday at Privilege, co-hosted by birthday girl Xtina Aguilera and featuring surprise performances by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.) Things were less flamboyant but no less festive a couple nights earlier at the Epitaph Records gathering at Yamashiro, where we saw more mustaches than Mohawks (the labels male staffers had been farming their faces all month for a stache contest too bad Jared Leto couldnt be there to rock that Prefontaine fuzz!) At SideOneDummys party Friday, we joined head honcho Joe Sib with co-workers and old bandmates (remember Wax?) at the Hollywood HQ for a little oi-to-the-world-style celebrating, after which we sleighed over to Indie 103s event with L.A. Weekly cover kids Giant Drag and The Like at the Shrine, hanging with station jocks Mike Savage, Jackie, Cha Cha,Joe Escalante, Mark Sovel and TK, who took over caustic Claus duties for Jonesy, who was battling the flu. Didnt sit on his lap and tell him how naughty/nice weve been, cause we dont need anything after the sick shopping spree we attended at the new Fredericks of Hollywood flagship store, where we got to fill a shopping bag with free lingerie, makeup, Godiva chocolates and even liquor, giddily crossing names off our list. Finally, guilt-free goodie-bag re-gifting!
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