Backbeat: Sean Parker's Lavish f8 Party With Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Even Pigs on a Spit
Backbeat: Sean Parker's Lavish f8 Party With Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Even Pigs on a Spit


Sartorial Splendorous Tech Titans: From Left, Spotify founder Daniel Ek and "Celebration of Music host" and tech entrepreneur Sean Parker (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Sean Parker's "A Celebration of Music" extravaganza Thursday night in a San Francisco warehouse, with Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, The Killers and Kaskade conjured up nothing so much as the Renaissance model of patronage between artists and the aristocracy. Witness this party's opulance: pigs on spits, lobster, sushi and your choice of pillows. Only today the artists are popular musicians and the aristocracy are new jack tech titans.

In attendance Thursday: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Venture Capitalist Ron Conway, Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg, Brandon Creed manager to Bruno Mars, producer Ray Romulus from the Stereotypes, and an audience packed with tech CEOs, VCs and Facebook and Spotify employees.

Zuckerberg reportedly kicked it in Snoop's trailer before the set, Parker reported.

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Sensing the tech royalty in the crowd, Snoop Dogg later asked which audience members would bail him out of jail, if he was arrested for use of cannabis on-stage. Dogg stuck to the classics "Ain't Nothing But a G Thing" "Gin And Juice" "What's My Name".

The "Celebration" represents the party Spotify always wanted to have when it came to the States, but failed to have because of the mercurial nature of the negotiating with all four major labels, he said.

"For about two years ... we thought we were always three weeks away from closing," he said. "We didn't have the opportunity to have the launch party that we always wanted to do, so the next logical opportunity was the launch of the integration between Facebook and Spotify."

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A Snoop Dogg/Tech Titans Sandwich: (From Left:) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the inimitable Snoop Dogg and the "Celebration of Music host" and Sean Parker (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Nothing Shocking: Dave Navarro (left) and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction. Farrell asked the crowd if making money was the most important thing in life. When several cheered, he shouted "No! It's about having fun!" Then he pounded champagne for himself and Sean Parker. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Touched by an Angel: Sean Parker (left) with venture capitlist Ron Conway of SV Angel (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Don't miss Billboard's FutureSound Conference, taking place November 17-18 at Terra in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top minds in investment, technology and music today; presentations that will offer specific solutions structured around answering the most pressing questions; and workshops.

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Hot Fuss: Dave Keuning (left) and Brandon Flowers of The Killers perform at Sean Parker's Celebration of Music. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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The Real Slim Shady: Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg said promoting new artists with Spotify and Facebook could be like "wildfire." (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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The Guilded Age Redux: The opulent atmosphere, cocktails, sushi, lobster, crab and roast pork had some guests whispering "tech bubble 2.0"
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Fist-Bump Blocker: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in a candid moment wearing a suit jacket over his "Suits Suck' t- shirt.
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Hog Tied: The party included pigs on spits, lobster, sushi and even a choice of pillows.

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