Smashing Pumpkins Headline Sunset Strip Music Festival


Billy Corgan
Organizers of the Sunset Strip Music Festival have confirmed that The Smashing Pumpkins will headline the street festival on Saturday, August 28, with a live performance on the legendary strip, which is being closed to traffic for only the second time in its history. Smashing Pumpkins wrap up the third annual SSMF, set to include a special tribute event for Slash at the House of Blues on August 26; live performances at The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go, Viper Room, Key Club, Cat Club and House of Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; plus more than 50 bands, two outdoor stages and a full day of music in the venues on Saturday, August 28.

As in year's past, the SSMF will honor a figure who is synonymous with the sunset strip for their contribution to the history of The Strip as well as the music industry. This year's honoree is Slash. Previous recipients of this honor have been Ozzy Osbourne (2009) and Sunset Strip club owners Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine (2008).

General admission, VIP and 3-Day VIP tickets for the event will go on sale Thursday, June 17 through Ticketmaster at 10 AM PST. Street fest tickets will be $49.50 in advance ($65 day of at box office) and VIP street fest tickets, which include access to a private tented area with full no-host bar and seating area, are available for $100 in advance. A limited number of three-day "VIP" passes (which include entrance to Slash's tribute on August 26, the clubs all three nights + access to VIP tent at street fest) will be $250. There will also be individual ticket sales for the sunset strip clubs on Thursday and Friday nights. The SSMF is donating a portion of all tickets sold to the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a charity personally selected by honoree Slash. LAYN's mission is to end homelessness, one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned.

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[Published on: 6/17/10]

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