Women in Music 2016

Slash Talks Dave Grohl's Star-Studded Birthday Bash & More Insider Scoop

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Zakk Wylde, Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister and Slash backstage during Dave Grohl's birthday bash at The Forum on January 10, 2015 in Inglewood, California.

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Slash says Dave Grohl's 46th birthday celebration at the Los Angeles Forum was "one of the coolest ... I've witnessed in my time" -- and the former Guns N' Roses guitarist almost missed it. Slash tells Overheard he was unaware of the Jan. 10 bash and had other plans when actor and Tenacious D frontman Jack Black convinced him to join the festivities, which drew Alice Cooper, Kiss' Paul Stanley, Van Halen's David Lee Roth and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister. Slash feted the birthday boy with Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" and Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down." He also recalled his history with Grohl, which wasn't always so friendly, thanks to what he described as "a negative thing that happened between" the leaders of their previous bands, Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain, in the 1990s. "It had nothing to do with me or [Dave]," says Slash, and when the two rockers finally met, they became friends. At one point, he says, he and Grohl even had kids at the same school in Los Angeles and "would sit in school assemblies together."

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Tegan & Sara: Handshakes, Not Hugs
Night Terrors of 1927 frontman Jarrod Gorbel owes a debt of gratitude to Tegan & Sara for making him a better-socialized human being. During the music video shoot for Night Terrors' infectious synth-pop track "When You Were Mine," which features Tegan & Sara, Gorbel says his bandmate Blake Sennett (formerly of Rilo Kiley) kept mocking his painfully awkward bro-hugging technique in front of the twin sisters. "I'm better at hugging girls but pretty bad at the various male high-five/hug combo-type things. It can be disastrous," says Gorbel. Enter Tegan & Sara who, Gorbel says, worked with him to develop "different methods of hellos and goodbyes" -- including the oh-so traditional handshake -- to help him avoid humiliation. "Most people don't know how awkward I truly am," says Gobel.

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Moby Plays Heaven
Artist and philanthropist Moby performed for a Hollywood crowd at The Art of Elysium's 8th annual Gala in Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport in Los Angeles. The night was curated by venerated performance artist, Marina Abramović and was meant to embody her idea of 'Heaven', while raising awareness for the nonprofit, which id dedicated to bringing art to children in need. Moby played  "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" from his 2010 album Everything Is Wrong on guitar with singer songwriter and tour mate Julie Mintz on vocals, as the audience lounged on beds while wearing pajama-type clothing over their black-tie attire. (Heaven apparently involves a comfy sleeping environment for Abramović. Kelly Osbourne and Cara Delevingne had a bed in the front-row and rested their heads on each other's shoulders during the emotional performance. Moby also serenaded the crowd with his hit "Porcelain" and then ended the night with "Almost Home" from his 2013 album Innocents with the current singer of Moby's band Mindy Jones on vocals. After "Almost Home", Johnny Depp, with Amber Heard by his side, and James Franco congratulated Moby on his performance. Mintz tells Overheard that, "Over 1 million dollars were raised by auctioning off the beds and a private in-home concert by Moby."

A revised version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of Billboard.