Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am|
Gig Coverage: Supergroup Kings of Chaos conquered Irving Plaza (12/21)
Rock collective, Kings of Chaos, consisting of former and current members of Guns N’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Aerosmith and more, recently took part in a limited number of east coast headlining tour dates, which launched mid-December in Montclair, NJ, eventually hitting Boston, MA, Huntington, NY, Verona, NY and New York City at Irving Plaza on Dec. 21st.
The all-star rock ‘n’ roll assembly is known to feature a revolving lineup, which (one can assume) is dependent upon rockstar availability. On this east coast jaunt, the band contained within their ranks drummer Matt Sorum (ex-GNR, ex-Velvet Revolver), guitarists Billy Duffy (The Cult) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), bassist Robert DeLeo (STP), vocalists Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), and vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top).
NYC fans that attended 12/21’s rock-studded event were treated to a beefy two-hour set, which kicked off promptly at 10PM with Matt, Duffy, Steve, Robert and Chester bursting on-stage and electrifying the crowd with solid portrayals of STP‘s “Vasoline,” Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding” and The Cult‘s “Fire Woman.” Mr. Zander took front stage right after to help perform memorable hits “Hello There,” “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” made famous by his band Cheap Trick. The rock legend himself, Billy Gibbons, made his appearance mid-set to assist in delivering cunning renditions of ZZ Top favorites like “Waitin’ for the Bus,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush.”
All three rock singers would then take turns swapping spots every so often to continue to dish out electric and acoustic tracks from their respective associated bands. Additional cover songs performed included Motorhead‘s “Ace of Spades” with Sorum on vocals, Freddy King‘s “Going Down” and the night’s final track, Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love,” which featured the entire gang on stage, including musician Franky Perez (Apocalyptica), who had opened the show earlier in the night.
Make sure to scroll down below for a slew of exclusive photos from the Manhattan concert. Kings of Chaos have more in store for 2017, so make sure to follow the group’s official site for all the latest news.
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