Rock’s Ultimate Congregate, Kings of Chaos brought it’s rotating lineup to Montclair, NJ. Just like Hollywood Vampires, Kings of Chaos is also an all-star formation, preceding Hollywood Vampires’s time, the band was formerly known as the Rock N Roll All-Stars, which had a short tour of South America in 2012. Since their reincarnation as the Kings of Chaos, the band have played Australia’s Stone Music Fest, four shows in South Africa, one show in the United States, and two in Central America. This tour features Robert Zander (Cheap Trick), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Robert Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots) and Matt Sorum (Guns & Roses/Velvet Revolver). The band is not meant to have a permanent lineup, and has had it’s fair share of personnel changes, the super-group has previously stated that they would be releasing EPs in the future that would each contain 3 covers and an original track, but this idea may have gone over to Hollywood Vampires.
For bass player Robert DeLeo, who was born in Montclair, it’s a homecoming show. “It’s great going back to New Jersey,” said DeLeo, “It’s a great opportunity to see friends who I cherish, some of whom I’ve known since preschool, and play to a great group of people on the East Coast who love rock music.”
Steve Stevens, also from the Tri-state area, has said “This is a rare event, as the individual artists cannot always find time to play together. It takes us out of our own ordinary catalog.”
From Chester Bennington to Billy Gibbons, the band certainly seemed very comfortable playing with each other. It’s known that most of them have performed with one another on more than one gathering. Bennington did a brief period fronting Stone Temple Pilots before Scott Weiland passed away, Matt Sorum toured with Robert DeLeo in Hollywood Vampires, and so on, and so on. Bennington in particular has certainly come a very long way from his Linkin Park roots, known for his harsh vocals in the band, the years have done Bennington a wealth of service for his talents. Showcasing his more than capable vocals in other areas than screaming into a microphone, and he certainly lived up to the quality of some of the hits performed such as “Vasoline” and even more impressive, Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”.
The band played several songs from each musician’s respective group. “Everyone in the band is proud of the songs they wrote and wants to do everyone else’s songs justice,” said Steve Stevens.
There is more Chaos to be stirred up as they continue their trek on the road.
Vasoline- Stone Temple Pilots
White Wedding- Billy Idol
Firewoman- The Cult
Hello There/ Surrender- Cheap Trick
Want you to Want me- Cheap Trick
Waitin on the bus- ZZ Top
Sharp Dressed man- ZZ Top
Tush- ZZ Top
The Flame- Cheap Trick
Edie/Interstate Love song- The Cult/Stone Temple Pilots
Jesus Left Chicago- ZZ Top
Ace of Spades- Motorhead
Sex Type Thing- Stone Temple Pilots
Love Removal Machine- The Cult
Rebel Yell- Billy Idol
Dream Police- Cheap Trick
Tube Snake Boogie- ZZ Top
Le Grange- ZZ Top
Going down- Freddie King
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raiser- ZZ Top