There’s no denying that Napster co-founder and Facebook collaborator Sean Parker knows how to throw a party. Following the F8 conference last night he brought Snoop Dogg, Jane’s Addiction and The Killers together for an exclusive show in SF.
He somehow forgot to send the invite to SF Station for the party at 1401 16th Street, around the corner from Thee Parkside, but I was able to straighten it out at the door after hanging in the lot with a few kids from the East Bay who were there hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite rock stars. The show was kept under wraps until late in the day, when it was leaked to local bloggers and radio stations.
Inside, It was quite the spread. The warehouse was transferred into a nightclub setting with couches and chairs, a larger bar serving only top-self booze and two secondary bars by the stage. Caterers lined the walls near the entrance, with two roasted hogs and an assortment of meats on one side and a seafood buffet with lobster, Dungeness crab, clams, crawfish and a crew making sushi on the opposite side.
Brandon Flowers and company (not the usual cast from The Killers) started the night conservatively with a stripped-down run through the band’s hits, plus a cheesy take on “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.”
Jane’s Addiction followed and Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro kicked up the energy with their classics “The Mountain Song,” “Caught Stealing,” “Stop” and their new single “Irresistible Force.” It was more than just a quick paycheck for Farrell, who toyed with the audience, playfully stealing an iPhone from one of the many glittering ladies in attendance and taking a sip of a Moscow Mule from the crowd.
And he hasn’t lost his hedonistic ways. Farrell teased the audience about the anti-social qualities of Facebook and asked if San Francisco is still the same: “Do you still like to watch each other fuck?” and “You can still only do it one way” as he dry humped the air.
The set ended with Parker joining Farrell on stage, and the two exchanging generous swigs from their drinks—Farrell red wine and Parker a nice bottle of brown liquor (probably bourbon or scotch). “This is my friend for life,” Farrell said.
After a long break and a set from Kaskade, Snoop hit the stage with his posse (including a homeboy in a moose costume with a blue Crip rag), running through his hits from the 90s to the present for the tony, mostly white crowd.
He threatened to light a joint: “There’s a lot of millionaires in here, who’s going to bail me out?” And, with that, I bailed on the party, ears ringing with a mini ice cream cone in hand from a server passing on the way out—one last indulgence in a night full of excess.