Motley Crue kicked off the Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood this Thursday night (Aug. 18) with a special evening at the House of Blues. The band accepted the Elmer Valentine Award at the event in honor of their thirty years contributing to the local music scene.

Comedian Dane Cook, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen (who recently toured with Motley Crue) and author Neil Strauss all gave the band their personal respects during the ceremony. Vince Neil responded to the salutes by reminding the crowd that “we really are home tonight” as he and the entire band graciously accepted their awards, which are named after one of the strip's co-founders.

The climax of the weekend took place yesterday with an open-air festival featuring a headlining concert from Motley Crue, complete with Tommy Lee's much-talked about drum coaster. The event required a portion of Sunset Boulevard to be shut down as it transformed into the city's premier concert destination for the night.

The festival is a three-day event that was created to celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Sunset Strip. It hosts a variety of artists throughout its range of venues. Beer gardens, food trucks and live performances were all part of the rock ‘n’ roll excess that allowed those in attendance, much like the band, to feel like they were 'Home Sweet Home.'

Watch Motley Crue's Sunset Strip Music Festival Award Show Appearance