HOLLYWOOD — The sheriff’s sergeant overseeing officers responding to the disturbance/riotous behavior/unhappy crowd outside Tuesday’s House of Blues “Bones” launch party distilled the situation down to this: “They’re ex-gang members who are now millionaires and they’re very sensitive.”
Not only sensitive, but the kind of folk who take an active interest in personal security.
Entry to the HOB involved a brisk pat down by a guard, who, when asked if he’d found a gun on anyone, said: “A gun!? Man, I got more than one!”
Inside, the reasons mentioned for the problems outside included: “Someone called someone’s girlfriend a bitch”; star Snoop Dogg had fainted (“knelt to remove his jacket” was the official word); and few in his battalion-size posse had tickets, which slowed the entry process considerably.
Upon entry, Snoop and company headed to the upstairs private club while the proletariat filled the bottom floors where they eased their sensitivity with vast quantities of Hennessey and Cokes — the drink that is to rappers what martinis once were to the Rat Pack.
At 11 p.m. Snoop, wearing a white fur fedora, black silk pajamas and Elton John-style glitter sunglasses, took the stage. He was accompanied by his entourage, who stood behind him as a leather-jacket clad, mute chorus. He sang; they watched; the crowd loved it.
Among those at the party or the Galaxy theater screening were New Line’s Carolyn Manetti and Chris Godsick; director Ernest Dickerson; producers Lloyd Segan, Peter Heller and Rupert Harvey; and co-star Pam Grier.