Shirley Halperin
October 27, 2007 AT 06:00 AM EDT

In one corner of the VIP section: The odd pairing of Jessica Simpson and SNL-alum Cheri Oteri, who cackled among themselves while onlookers gawked and longtime besties Cacee Cobb and hairstylist to the stars Ken Paves stood watch. Directly behind the Simpson posse: record producer/rapper/executive/author Jermaine Dupri, with girlfriend Janet Jackson on his arm. At the opposite end of the Hollywood Palladium: equally press-shy (of late) newcomer couple Zac Efron and Vanessa Ann Hudgens. And somewhere in the middle: a random assortment of party regulars like Amanda Bynes and Kristen Bell.

But with a triple bill that included Eagles of Death Metal, Silversun Pickups and Foo Fighters, not to mention an endless march of lingerie-clad models, things were bound to get messy. The Foos kicked off a furious 45-minute set that included Foo favorites like “My Hero,” “Times Like These,” “Breakout” and new show staple (as least since the VMAs), Prince’s “Darling Nikki,” which Foos frontman Dave Grohl thought, “was appropriate.”  He also didn’t let his work get in the way of having a good time. “I was pretty drunk out there,” he admitted back in the band’s dressing room, where a drummer summit had formed instantaneously (Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Travis Barker and Jet’s Chris Cester). “But that [made it] a fun show!”

The ear-shredding volume was a bit much for some, like Ashley Olson and Grey’s Sara Ramirez, who bolted early, but not Efron and Hudgens, who “were freaking out the whole time,” said a nearby observer. Simpson also stayed well past the last note, grooving (and weirdly grinding) with Paves until she had to be helped out of the joint.

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