Partygoers rock ‘n’ rolled all night (well, ’til late night, anyway) at New Line’s preem of “Detroit Rock City” on Monday. The after-party at a UCLA parking lot on Wilshire in Westwood included high-decibel concerts by KISS, Everclear and Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.
“Everybody thought we were crazy when we said we wanted to make a movie with a homecam,” quipped “Rock City” director Adam Rifkin alluding to success of “The Blair Witch Project.”
Despite the theme of the “Rock City” pic, Rifkin assured the aud at the Mann’s Village Theater screening that his grandma had seen and liked the movie, though she had “language issues.”
Making a movie about KISS had been a lifelong dream as the band members were his childhood heroes, Rifkin said.
While some in the crowd may have been too young to remember KISS in its heyday, among those getting into the music were pic’s stars Natasha Lyonne, Ed Furlong, Sam Huntington, Guiseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Lin Shaye, Melanie Lynskey and Shannon Tweed; producers Gene Simmons, Kathleen Haase, Barry Levine and associate producer Tim Sullivan; scribe Carl DuPre; New Line execs Brian Witten, Joe Nimziki, Bob Friedman, David Tuckerman, Rolf Mitweg and Toby Emmerich; and guests Fred Durst and Andy Dick.