11:09 AM PDT 8/21/2012 by Rick Kosick, Shirley Halperin
Rock 'n' roll never left Sunset Blvd., but in what's become an annual August tradition, the music returns in a big way for Hollywood loudest street party. On this year's bill: Marilyn Manson, Far East Movement, Bad Religion, the Offspring and a weekend-long tribute to The Doors.
Doors drummer John Densmore signs autographs for fans at the Sunset Strip Music Festival's Virgin America-sponsored VIP party at SKYBAR in Mondrian on August 17. The Doors were special guests and 2012's SSMF honorees.
Holding Court at VIP Party
Sunset Strip Music Festival headliner Marilyn Manson is flanked by actorsSam Trammell (left) and Joe Manganiello and Good Charlotte's Joel Madden (right) at the official VIP Party at the Mondrian Hotel on August 17.
Marilyn Manson Delivers Biting Headlining Set
Marilyn Manson's headlining set at the Sunset Strip Music Festival included several covers, among them: the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and the Doors' "Light My Fire," "Five to One" and "People Are Strange," for which the shock-rocker was joined by Doors' keyboardist and guitarist Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.
Zakk Wylde Shreds the West Stage
Guitar legend Zakk Wylde led his band Black Label Society as he shredded through "Suicide Messiah" and "House Of Doom" and "Roadhouse Blues," the latter featuring Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger.
Bad Religion Roll Out Fan Favorites
Bad Religion's 23-song set included fan favorites "Los Angeles Is Burning," "21st Century (Digital Boy)," "American Jesus" and "Infected."
Bad Religion's Jay Bentley
Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley joined band co-founder Greg Graffin and guitarist Greg Hetson on the West Stage of the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
The Offspring's Noodles stood front-and-center for his band's set at the Sunset Strip Music Festival.
The Offspring started their set with their breakout hit "Come Out and Play." Singer Dexter Holland later led the crowd through such favorites as "Gotta Get Away," "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" and their closing number, "Self Esteem."
Shredders Rule the Strip
Many legendary guitar slingers could be heard all over the Sunset Strip Music Festival, from the Doors' Robbie Krieger to X's Billy Zoom to former Ozzy Osbourne shredder Zakk Wylde and the Offspring's Noodles.