DJ AM made a living experimenting with sound, mixing beats and finding new ways to keep the party going.
So it was only fitting that, to pay tribute to the famed record-spinner, his friends opted for an upbeat celebration of Adam Goldstein's life at the Hollywood Palladium, which, incidentally, was the scene of AM's first show after his and Travis Barker's plane went down last September, killing the four other people on board.
The memorial invite dictated that "the format of the evening will be in the style of an open 12-step meeting. Adam's friends both from his life in recovery as well as those from other areas of his life are welcome. We ask only that everyone adhere to the tradition of anonymity and let what they hear there, and who they see there, stay there."
Fans started lining up outside of the venue a couple hours before the memorial's 7 p.m. start time (which was pushed back to accommodate the staggered arrivals), but VIPs who showed early were ushered inside through a separate entrance.
(Originally published Sept. 3, 2009, at 7:41 p.m. PT)
See the night's absent star in action in our tribute gallery, DJ AM: 1973-2009.