Marilyn Manson, The Offspring and Bad Religion were amongst the acts headlining the SSMF Festival, held on the notorious Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. With Viper Rooms and The Roxy situated around the corner, the choice of location couldn’t be more rock if Keith Richards snorted a line from the pavement.
Having already seen all three groups live, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to take photos from the crowd, so with a Kodak disposable that I’d bought for 10 $ I got straight to the front of the crowd.
Under a roasting mid-evening sun, Bad Religion started proceedings with 21st Century Digital Boy which got the nostalgic skin-heads out and the mosh-pits in full swing.
Imbetween shows, we hit the beer tent. I had to pull out my drivers licence to prove my age. Cheers.
After our mid-time refreshment, we headed back to relive our youth, when I bump into a familiar famous face, fresh from the cover of the gossip mag’s for beating his chick. Shifty Shellshock from Crazy Town. Blake pretended he couldn’t hear me when I asked him to take a photo. Shifty was buzzing.
The Offspring had already started (but the photo was well worth it) and the best pit of the evening ensued.
WTF! Star studded evening, the bloke from the ‘Pretty Fly For a White Guy’ video was getting looooose! Cue the Prison Break bad boys to sort this shit out :
It was CARNAGE. Really. The Valley Girls were out in force to sing along to ‘Get a Job’ or whatever…
Time to hit the strip to check out the Marilyn Manson fans, eagerly awaiting their idol :
You can sleep easy now. Danny Filth is still alive and kicking.
The crowd had changed from a sea of sweaty white skin to a profusion of black leather and the male punks had been replaced by female Dita Von Tease wannabees. Marilyn piped up with Disposable Teens, then started speaking about some sexual assault accusation he’d had, which was my cue to go find a burger.