Rock lives here.
L.A. is rocking all week long in celebration of VH1′s second annual Rock Honors. This year, VH1 honors the iconic and eclectic careers of Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top. In a night of mind-blowing performances, Alice in Chains, Keane, Nickelback, Queens of the Stone Age and Gretchen Wilson will pay unforgettable musical tribute to these living legends – then the honorees themselves will perform live on one stage!
Leading up to the big event, VH1 has partnered with L.A. Weekly for a weeklong celebration of rock ‘n’ roll. From Thursday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 23, participating Los Angeles businesses will host exciting live events, exclusive promotions, killer giveaways and more — and it’s all listed below.
So refill your lighters and get ready to rock with VH1 and L.A. Weekly’s Rock Honors Week.
And don’t forget to watch VH1 Rock Honors Thursday, May 24 at 9pm/8c – only on VH1.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
Music: Zero 1 featuring lead singer Hal Sparks
Kick off Rock Honors Week at the Hard Rock Café with a special performance by LA based power trio, Zero 1. Featuring lead singer Hal Sparks (Talk Soup, Queer as Folk, VH1 I Love the 80’s, Dude Where’s My Car?), special effects make-up artist Robert Hall on bass, and Miles Loretta on drums. Raffle to benefit VH1 Save the Music with prize pack valued at $1000, as well as other cool Rock Honors prizing.
Hard Rock Café
1000 Universal Studios Boulevard
Doors open at 8 pm
Tix: $10 cover
Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo
Join rock legend Wayne Kramer of the MC5 as he hosts Crane’s Hollywood Tavern’s monthly Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo Night. It’s just $5 per bingo card for a chance to win concert tickets, record store gift certificates and much more. All proceeds will go to LifeLab, a community dedicated to helping young adult cancer survivors restart their lives. Then, stick around after bingo for special surprise performances.
Crane’s Hollywood Tavern
1611 N. El Centro Avenue, Hollywood
These Malibu rockers, fronted by Cisco Adler, are already legendary on the L.A. club circuit for their unbridled rock ‘n’ roll revivalism. And this year, Whitestarr plans to crank it up a notch on their very own VH1 reality series, The Rock Life. With a new album in the works, expect to see much more of these guys in 2007.
9009 Sunset Blvd.
Doors Open 8 p.m.; Show 9 p.m.
Tix $12/$14 day of show
FRIDAY, MAY 18
Art Exhibition Opening: Robert Knight
Celebrate rock ‘n’ roll with a silent auction of photos taken by Robert Knight and signed by Rock Honors honorees Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top. All proceeds go to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Also enjoy artwork by rock legends like Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Ringo Starr, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and more.
319 Wilshire Blvd.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
RSVP to 310-899-1499
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Air Guitar Contest at Bally’s
Learn some moves from Air Guitar champion Fatima Hoang, then put ‘em to the test for our judges (K-LOS’ Cynthia Fox, Gretchen Bonaduce) and you could win a trip to Las Vegas and a one-year membership to Bally Total Fitness’ Hollywood II location. Bring this guide to any Bally Total Fitness location for a pair of two-week guest passes and build the rockin’ hard body of your dreams.
Bally Total Fitness
1628 N. El Centro Ave.
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Art Exhibition Opening: Steve Joester
British-born rock photographer and mixed media artist Steve Joester premieres his work in L.A. for the first time at Mr. Musichead Rock Art Gallery, which also exhibits work from more than 50 internationally known artists and an amazing collection of rock poster art. Raffle to win official VH1 save the Music Gift Bag, valued at $1000.
Mr. Musichead Rock Art Gallery
7517 W. Sunset Blvd.
Burlesque Show: Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly
Come watch as three musicians shred and pound through 2 acts and 14 songs, while 5 hot dancers step into the spotlight and out of their clothes. It’ll take you a week just to recover.
5574 Melrose Ave.
Time: 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 21
Music: Metal Skool at Key Club
These spirited, spandex-clad boys are the ultimate ’80s metal tribute band. Tonight Metal Skool tributes the 2007 VH1 Rock Honors honorees, Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne, and ZZ Top. So let your feathered bangs fly at the VH1 Rock Honors VIP party in the Plush Lounge. Be sure to listen to KLOS-FM for a chance to win two VIP tickets.
9039 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood
Doors: 8:30 p.m.
Ongoing all week
VH1 Rock Honors Guitars
VH1 Save The Music, Gibson Musical Instruments and Guitar Center host an exhibition of customized VH1 Rock Honors guitars signed by this year’s Rock Honors honorees. Want a piece of the action? Well, you can enter to win one of your own or bid online May 17 – 27 at vh1auctions.com. All proceeds will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
7425 Sunset Blvd.
Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 9 pm, Sat. 10 am – 8 pm, Sun. 11 am – 8 pm
We will not sell or distribute your e-mail address to anyone else.
Written by Jane Emery