October 19, 2011

2011 Elmer Valentine Award honoree MTLEY CRE returned to its roots and closed the fourth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) on August 20. The band also launched the three-day fest at an August 18 tribute event celebrating its 30-year career.

Part back-patting and part roast, guests and friends such as Dane Cook, Ray Manzarek, David Johansen of the NEW YORK DOLLS and Neil Strauss (who co-write a book with the band, "The Dirt") paid homage to MTLEY CRE at a VIP event at the House of Blues in Hollywood on August 18. "I have no idea what they will say, but it's bound to be sometimes serious, sometimes funny and also probably shocking," MTLEY CRE drummer Tommy Lee told the Los Angeles Times prior to the event.

Dane Cook's entire 10-minute roast/tribute can now be seen below (courtesy of Artisan News). According to Artisan News, the clip is "Rated for Mature Audiences (18 plus) because we couldn't get rid of all the profanity."

Each year, West Hollywood's world-famous Sunset Strip celebrates its rich musical history and influence with the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day event that features a variety of artists throughout its venues culminating with an open air street festival on its last day.

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