- MTV [www.mtv.com
- November 25, 2002
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A short time later, the 20-foot glass apparatus that members of Cypress Hill and host Tommy Chong had toked on earlier was carted out. But despite the day's marijuana-centered theme, Snoop left the stage without inhaling. His set capped off a day's worth of performances from a diverse bill that included Taproot, Adema and Everlast, among others, and surprise appearances by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Slash and Linkin Park DJ Joseph Hahn.
"Each year you got to try to step it up," B-Real said of putting together the Smoke Out, an all-day event staged to promote the legalization of marijuana and to celebrate the smoking of it — something Snoop has recently sworn off. "I think it's cool that he would still do it," B-Real said, "because it shows that he may not smoke it, but he's still down with the people who recognized him as being one of the frontrunners, as well as Cypress Hill, to pump that whole movement. So for him to be here with us, and Tommy Chong as well, it's great, man."
Bone Thugs' brief appearance was later eclipsed in surprise-factor by Cypress Hill, who wound up a set comprised mostly of well-known classics with a show-stopping rendition of "(Rock) Superstar," embellished by some hot licks from hat-wearing, leather-jacketed guitar hero Slash. "I was gonna come down tonight anyway," Slash explained before he took the stage to huge applause, "and then I talked to Sen Dog and he was like, 'Do you want to come down and play on '(Rock) Superstar,' which is one of my favorite songs." The ex-Guns N' Roses axeman said he jumped at the chance, rehearsing with Cypress two days before, and even turning up at the event in a pot-leaf T-shirt.
—Ryan J. Downey