Strange 80’s returned to the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA for its second event. This year’s event started with a red carpet including some of the events performers such as John 5 (Rob Zombie), Adrian Young (Dreamcar), Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), Noodles (The Offspring), Jesse Hughes and Jenny Vee (Eagles of Death Metal), as well as Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee although he didn’t perform. Once the carpet wrapped the Hoff himself (David Hasselhoff) pulled up in one of the screen-used KITT cars from the TV series Knight Rider.
Strange 80’s started with a few new artists including the band Otto with Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. The bigger performers were either part of groups from the 80’s or ones that grew up in the 80’s. The first big performer of the night was *NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick who was announced by the one and only Principal Belding (Dennis Haskins) from Save By The Bell. Kirkpatrick performed the Outfield’s “I Don’t Wanna Use Your Love Tonight” and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” In addition to the performers listed above, the show featured Anthrax’s Scott Ian and his wife Pearl Aday, Bowling for Soup’s Jaret Reddick, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and Frank Zummo and Sugarcult’s Marco DeSantis.
Closing out the night was Hasselhoff performing David Bowie’s “Heroes,” Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On” and "True Survivor" the theme song to the movie Kung Fury, which included footage from the film on the screen along with Hasselhoff performing karate moves. Strange 80’s benefited 320 Changes Direction which raises mental health awareness and was formed in honor of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.