HOLLYWOOD — “Is this Godhead or what!” exclaimed an elated Rodney Bingenheimer as “Mayor of the Sunset Strip” director George Hickenlooper presented the veteran scenester with the giant key to a blue ’67 GTO at the doc’s IFP Los Angeles Film Festival premiere.
The ArcLight Cinerama dome screening drew a cross-section of Hollywood and rock ‘n’ roll, including Gwen Stefani and members of No Doubt, the Bangles and the Go Gos. Glitter club impresario and longtime KROQ deejay Bingenheimer, who started as a famous groupie, “was an enigma,” said Hickenlooper, whose pic explores the fascination with celebrity and features interviews with everyone from David Bowie to Cher to Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
Asked if there was anyone he wished he had met, Bingenheimer parried, “I think I met just about everybody.” Indeed, the film serves as a who’s who of rock from the mid-1960s to the present, as generations of rockers pay tribute to Bingenheimer’s unending enthusiasm for discovering new bands. Several acquisitions execs were checking out the premiere, and Hickenlooper announced the bittersweet biopic has been invited to the Toronto Intl. Film Fest.
Checking out the go-go dancers gyrating to the tune of Iggy Pop and the Strokes at the Deep after-party were Matt LeBlanc, Chris Klein and the Go Gos’ Belinda Carlisle.