Every studio lot has a New York street on the lot – somewhere that looks like a random street in NYC but it’s actually just a facade and they use it for quick shoots here and there but more commonly the studios rent them out for cool parties.
Last night PMK/BNC and Activision got together to transform New York street on Paramount’s backlot to bring back for one-night only CBGB’s (RIP) to set the scene for Soundgarden to perform and celebrate their collaboration with the latest installation of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
Gene Simmons and son Nick Simmons were there – you will note the photo of Gene with the notorious Jesus dresser who has been trolling the streets of Hollywood for a while now – I am convinced he is marketing ploy by the church to make Jesus relevant in pop culture again – without a good PR team behind him, I really don’t see how he would get on the Paramount lot. I heard he got denied entry to event at first and then they were like … um … and for some reason let him in. I will pay money for information on this man. And yes – I’ve seen the Jesus in L.A. website and haven’t found it informative enough.
MORE importantly – some of my FAVORITE New York transplants were in attendance – Chris and Vicky Cornell – formerly Vicky Karayiannis, who is an old friend of mine from our summers together at Le Rosey when we were growing up. Her little brother Nick Karayiannis (aka Nick Blast if you’ve ever been to Paris) has been in L.A. recently too.
In other couples news from the party – Rob Patterson, guitarist for Filter who I’ve met a few times cuz he use to work at Bolthouse, was there with his girlfriend Carmen Electra.
L.A. native and fellow Harvard-Westlake grad turned “Hero” Masi Oka was there as well.
Activision’s Dave Iscove (Brentwood ’92)
And Glee’s Mark Salling (♥) and Cory Monteith.
Also Hal Sparks, Ricky Phillips and Tommy Shaw of Styx, Joy Bryant, Jonathan Sadowiski, etc.
I didn’t see a lot of the usual L.A. scene last night – not that you NEED anymore cool people when you already have Soundgarden.
Vicky tweeted some pictures of her daughter – always the belle of the ball – walking on Paramount’s New York street with the Cornell’s bodyguard.
Obviously it’s amazing to see Soundgarden together again. Ofcourse it’s always good to see Astro Burger too!
Soundgarden performing Black Rain last night at Guitar Hero Party:
I thought this was cute … it’s the announcement for the ticket give-aways. Although they spelled Angelenos wrong.
“CBGB’s” RE-OPENS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY – SOUNDGARDEN TO TAKE THE STAGE TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF GUITAR HERO®: WARRIORS OF ROCK
Celebrities and Rockers Descend Upon a Paramount Back-Lot that’s been Transformed into the Streets of New York and the Iconic CBGB’s
WHAT: Video game publisher, ACTIVISION, will host an exclusive launch event forGuitar Hero: Warriors of Rock at the Paramount Studios back-lot in Los Angeles, California. Guests will have a memorable experience as the back-lot is transformed into a New York block party and a replica of the historic CBGB’s venue for a unique blend of music, art, food and gameplay, culminating with a “one night only” special performance by one of the most influential rock bands of all time, Soundgarden.
WHO: Aaron Paul, Nicky Hilton, Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, Joy Bryant, Sarah Hyland, Cheryl Burke, Brandon Boyd, Derek Hough, Ashley Benson, Masi Oka, Stacy Keibler, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ryan Rottman, Sarah Hyland, Sarah Wright, Shawn Pyfrom, Carrie Ann Inaba, Madeline Zima, Ashley Scott, Cassie Scerbo, Frankie Ballard, Eric Christian Olsen, Rick Malambri and more!
New York Block Party: 8:00pm
CBGB’s Doors Open: 9:30pm
MORE: Soundgarden and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will come together on September 28thin a groundbreaking collaboration that marks the first time a new music album will be simultaneously released and bundled with a video game. The first one million North American Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock launch units will contain Telephantasm, a 12-song career-spanning album, and will be exclusively available with the game for one week prior to the album’s retail release. Also, day and date with the launch of the game, fans and gamers alike will get full access to the band’s new album as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. For more information, visit: www.guitarhero.com.