Only in L.A. do they make sure to have big screens tuned to the NBA game at a charity event. Then again, these were the real men of the LAPD Memorial Foundation and the LAFD Fallen Firefighters Fund.
Once the Lakers prevailed, Tuesday’s 2nd Annual Benefit Concert heated up, led by Dan Aykroyd, who served as the night’s host, auctioneer and driving force behind the fete at Avalon.
“My kids tell me I am a hero for being an actor, but I set them straight. The real heroes in life are the police officers and firefighters that put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” said Aykroyd, whose grandfather was a Royal Canadian Mountie.
“Family Guy” frontman Seth MacFarlane agreed. “It’s a true honor to be here, you’re heroes, every one of you,” he said, then launched into a lively set of Rat Pack-influenced tunes. Since there were so many cops and firemen in attendance, MacFarlane stayed away from taking potshots at them the way he mercilessly lampooned the homeless at last week’s pricey Chrysalis event.
Even rapper-actor Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner got into the utterly respectful groove, especially when Aykroyd brought out his “Blues Brothers” persona and belted out a song. But the funniest moment of the night came outside, where three classic cop cars were parked in front of the Avalon. Gary Goltz had his replica “Highway Patrol” Buick front and center, and as he whooped the siren and used the loudspeaker to simulate a police raid, he almost scared off patrons coming to the Avalon’s other venue, the Mr. Black Tuesdays-only gay club.