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The 2012 Sunset Strip Music Festival will commemorate the career and legacy of iconic rock band the Doors, event organizers said Wednesday.
Marilyn Manson is set to headline the outdoor street fest, which also will feature performances by Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, Black Label Society, Far East Movement, De La Soul, Dead Sara, Das Racist and the Mowgli's, among others.
Many of the bands and artists will pay tribute to the rock legends by performing their own renditions of the Doors' songs during the fifth annual three-day block party and musical extravaganza, which takes place Aug. 16-18 on the Sunset Strip.
"We are happy to bring another amazing and diverse lineup to the boulevard as we celebrate the music and legacy of one of the Sunset Strip's most influential artists, the Doors," SSMF executive director Todd Steadman said.
The Doors, formed during the mid-'60s in Venice, Calif., got their start on the Strip, first playing at the London Fog and soon after moving down the street to set up shop at the Whisky a Go-Go as the venue's house band. Their gig at the Whisky in the summer of 1966 helped the Doors sign to Elektra Records.
Drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, organist Ray Manzarek and the late singer Jim Morrison have been dubbed as a group as one of the most influential rock bands of all time and are considered a "vital piece to the legacy and history of the Sunset Strip."
A portion of the proceeds from the festival's ticket sales will go toward the Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Pasadena, Calif. Impact, which has served as a drug rehabilitation center in L.A. County since 1969, is composed of outpatient clinics, transitional housing and in-custody programs with a "no-nonsense" approach to drug rehabilitation.
"SSMF is a homegrown, not-for-profit festival that continues to grow each year," Steadman said. "It is shaped by a team of venue owners who partner each year to create a unifying event that celebrates the Sunset Strip and the community of musicians and music fans it has fostered."
The Doors' surviving members said the group is humbled and honored to be celebrated at the SSMF this summer, the place where their careers blossomed.
"The Sunset Strip in the '60s was the incubation canal for an entire renaissance in music, and its impact is still with us," Densmore said.
Added Krieger: "Venice was our home, but the Doors lived and came of age on the Sunset Strip. It's exciting to see that the legacy we helped create is alive and thriving today."
Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketweb.