Bonus Track: The Sunset Strip Music Festival

  • She Wants Revenge's Justin Warfield performs at the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Aug. 20
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  • Bush's Gavin Rossdale
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  • Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee
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  • Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil
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Welcome to The Set List. Here you'll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a scene. Hey, it'll be like you were there. And if you like what you read, we'll even let you know where you can catch the artist on tour. Feel free to drop us a comment and let us know your concert experience. Oh, and rock on.

By Jamie Harvey
West Hollywood, Calif.

As a temporary resident of West Hollywood, Calif., I had one of the most quintessential experiences possible — seeing Mötley Crüe play the Sunset Strip.

Taking place Aug. 18–20 and now in its fourth year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival injected the heart of Sunset Boulevard with the kind of energy that made the place famous. After two nights of club shows, the festival culminated on Saturday with a full day of music featuring an array of bands performing in a mixture of settings, from club shows to outdoor stages. Here were my top three sets.

She Wants Revenge

Los Angeles natives She Wants Revenge followed metalcore outfit Black Veil Brides on the main stage, as if to show the crowd how far the definition of rock music can stretch. The boys from the San Fernando Valley poured their hearts out onstage for all of us to witness. Their dark love songs made us dance to the beat under the hot sun. With the release of their third studio album, Valleyheart, this year, the band performed new songs and old favorites as we all enjoyed shouting the expletive in "Tear You Apart," a track from their 2006 self-titled debut.

Set List
"Suck It Up"
"True Romance"
"Up In Flames"
"Little Stars"
"Take The World"
"Out Of Control"
"Tear You Apart"

Bush

'90s alternative rock band Bush ended up being my favorite act of the day. They were the first rock band I ever saw live, back in 1995, and this was the first time I had seen them since. Frontman Gavin Rossdale proved that after all these years (and with a slightly different lineup), Bush still have it. It amazed me that while the band remained fairly dormant over the last decade, I still remembered all the words to their songs. From "Machinehead" and "Little Things" to "The Chemicals Between Us" and "Everything Zen," Rossdale had the crowd going wild as he utilized the protected catwalk to run among the audience. The unexpected cover of the Beatles' "Come Together" led the band into their final song, "Comedown," and we were all officially warmed up for the headliner.

Set List
"Machinehead"
"All My Life"
"Little Things"
"The Chemicals Between Us"
"Afterlife"
"Everything Zen"
"The Sound Of Winter"
"Glycerine"
"Come Together"
"Comedown"

Mötley Crüe

The crowd filled every inch of the Sunset Strip for Mötley Crüe…and it wasn't just us common folk, either. You could have seen Kiss' Gene Simmons, Sixx:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba or Jesus in attendance if you kept your eyes peeled. It was a special homecoming of sorts for the Crüe. The band not only headlined the festival but were honored with the Elmer Valentine Award on Thursday for their historical contributions to the Sunset Strip. The set started off with a bang, literally, as fireworks went off and the band roared onto the stage to "Wild Side," a track from the 1987 hit, Girls, Girls, Girls. Then the place got crazy in the most clichèd and fun way imaginable — girls on guys' shoulders flashing their signs of appreciation to the band, a tree completely dismantled in front of the Key Club, and scuffles and flourishes of mischief. Dancers shook it onstage, but perhaps not as much as I did as they played my favorite, "Shout At The Devil." The highlight of the show was Tommy Lee's drum solo, which he performed while turning completely upside down on a mini-roller coaster of awesomeness. Mick Mars came to life with a scorching guitar solo, which leaked into the final part of the set. The transition from "Dr. Feelgood" into "Girls, Girls, Girls" had everyone singing along in the most surreal way. The final song, "Kickstart My Heart," culminated with buckets of fake blood thrown onto the audience as Vince Neil sang, "OK, boys, let's rock the house. That's all!" And they had.

Set List
"Wild Side"
"Saints Of Los Angeles"
"Live Wire"
"Shout At The Devil"
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
"Primal Scream"
"Home Sweet Home"
"Dr. Feelgood"
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
"Smokin' In The Boys Room"
"Kickstart My Heart"

(Texas-based Jamie Harvey is the rock community blogger for GRAMMY.com. She attended 112 shows in 2010. You can follow her musical adventures and concert recaps at www.hardrockchick.com.)

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