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February 25, 2004

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Old rock stars don’t die. They perform golden oldies at corporate fashion shows.

Such was the case on Tuesday when Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and former Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan belted out old chestnuts at a high-wattage Hollywood fashion event.

With a “GM” logo shimmering brightly in the background, and sharply dressed security officials stalking the stage to make sure no one got too exuberant, Tyler belted out Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,’ with Guns alumnus Matt Sorum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith filling in for the late John Bonham on a pair of drum kits.

McKagan covered the Damned’s “New Rose,” a track from his old band’s 1993 album “The Spaghetti Incident?,” and later returned to the stage to play bass behind Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong as he covered the Stooges “Search and Destroy.” Green Day drummer Tre Cool helped out Sorum on that performance.

Other guest vocalists included Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, doing his best Phil Lynott impersonation, Korn’s Jonathan Davis covering “Paranoid,” and Macy Gray, covering the Pretenders and Blondie. Besides Sorum, the core band comprised guitarist Dave Navarro, his Jane’s Addiction colleague Chris Chaney on bass and the Cult’s Billy Morrison on guitar.

The show followed a fashion display that featured the likes of Matthew Perry, George Lopez, Molly Shannon, Kim Cattrall, Devon Aoki, Anne Hathaway, Roselyn Sanchez and Navarro strolling down a catwalk, competing for attention with various shiny autos. Onlookers included Aimee and Kelly Osbourne (moving in different circles), Nicky and Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, both furiously chewing gum, Dennis Hopper, Michael Clarke Duncan, “American Idol’ starlet Ryan Starr and Carmen Electra.

Dean Goodman courtesy of Reuters